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Hundreds of families urgently evacuated apartments in five London high-rises  on Friday because the buildings all had exterior cladding and insulation similar to that used on Grenfell Tower

NY Times


2017 Wildland Fires and Potential Impacts to Critical Infrastructure

2017+Wildland+Fires+and+Potential+Impacts+to+Critical+Infrastructure:  Document

2017 Wildland Fires and Potential Impacts to Critical Infrastructure – 8 June 2017, has been posted to the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA) page on the HSIN-Critical Infrastructure (CI) portal. This new product can be found under the Recent OCIA Products section of the portal.  

Scope Note
This product provides an overview of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Predictive Services Unit’s National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for June through September 2017. It examines the potential effects to U.S. critical infrastructure and is an update to the May 2016 Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA) Wildland Fires and Potential Impacts to Critical Infrastructure infographic. This update supports U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership; DHS Protective Security Advisors; and other Federal, State, and local agencies.
Key Findings
  • For June through September 2017, the NIFC predicts above normal fire potential across parts of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico as fine fuels (twigs, needles, and grasses that ignite and burn rapidly) become available to burn.
  • Most areas of the United States are expected to see normal significant wildland fire potential throughout the fire season. It is important to note that normal fire activity still represents significant numbers of fires and acres burned.
  • OCIA assesses the critical infrastructure sectors most vulnerable to wildland fires are Emergency Services, Food and Agriculture, Healthcare and Public Health, Transportation Systems, and Water and Wastewater Systems.
Please read the attached document for further information regarding 2017 Wildland Fires Outlook.
Current Drought Conditions
According to the NIFC, overall drought conditions improved in May 2017. Southern Georgia and Florida saw preexisting extreme drought conditions worsen while abnormally dry conditions along the Mexico border with Arizona and New Mexico developed into a moderate drought. Abnormally dry conditions were also observed across portions of central and southern Texas as well as across portions of the Alaskan interior.
Please read the attached document for more information on the effects of wildland fires on critical infrastructure.
Coordination
This product was developed in coordination with the DHS/National Protection and Programs Directorate/Office of Infrastructure Protection/Sector Outreach and Programs Division, DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Fire Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior/Office of Wildland Fire, and NIFC.
If you did not receive this OCIA New Product Alert directly, you can join the Critical Infrastructure Community of Interest (HSIN-CI) by sending your first and last name, your e-mail address, and your reason for requesting access to HSIN-CI to BOTH of the following addresses: HSIN.Outreach@hq.dhs.gov and HSINCI@hq.dhs.gov. HSIN-CI members can access all of OCIA’s past products and join Sector-specific COIs.
Access to the site will require the use of your assigned HSIN-CI user name and password. Upon linking directly to the site, the user can then also navigate within HSIN-CI as well as within those Communities of Interest to which they have access.
If you need to update your HSIN password, please click here to be directed to a self-service portal.  For technical assistance, you may contact the HSIN Help Desk or toll free at (866) 430-0162.
Please take the time and fill out the NPPD Customer Feedback Survey located on the last page of the product. Please direct any additional comments you were unable to address regarding the newly posted product to OCIA
The 2017 Wildland Fires and Potential Impacts to Critical Infrastructure Report is wholly UNCLASSIFIED and is approved for the widest dissemination.
2017 Wildland Fires and Potential Impacts to Critical Infrastructure Report can be accessed via the OCIA HSIN-CI page by clicking the following link:
This and other OCIA products are visible at the following websites:
Please include feedback and suggestions using the NPPD Feedback Survey located as a second attachment compared to its usual location on the last page of the product.

A forest fire swept through central Portugal this weekend, becoming the country’s worst such blaze in more than a half-century.

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Inside Grenfell Tower: At least 79 people are missing and presumed dead

ABC News

 


A raging forest fire enveloped a stretch of road in central Portugal this weekend, killing more than 60, including at least 30 motorists who were trapped in their cars.

BBC

 


A raging forest fire enveloped a stretch of road in central Portugal this weekend, killing more than 60 people, including at least 30 motorists who were trapped in their cars.

NY Times

 


5 Fires That Shaped Modern London

NY Times

  • Nov. 30, 1936: A Palace Destroyed
  • Dec. 29, 1940: The Blitz
  • Aug. 16, 1980: Arson at an Illegal Soho Bar
  • Nov. 18, 1987: An Underground Blaze, Then Stricter Rules
  • July 3, 2009: Local Council Blamed in Tower Blaze

 


At least 17 people are known to have died in the blaze at Grenfell Tower, which began in the predawn darkness on Wednesday, but that figure is certain to climb.

https://nyti.ms/2smxZIP

https://nyti.ms/2tlCcd5

:…..As of late Thursday afternoon, 30 people remained in hospitals, including 10 in critical condition…..”

 


London Inferno Update

BBC

  • 12 people were confirmed dead.
  • Thirty-four people remain in hospital – 18 of whom are in a critical condition.
  • The cause of the fire remains unknown.
  • 44 households had been placed in emergency accommodation so far.

 


The London Inferno: At least 12 killed so far…..

Reuters

“…..A blaze engulfed a 24-story housing block in central London on Wednesday, trapping residents as they slept and killing at least 12 people in an inferno that the fire brigade said was unprecedented in its scale and speed.

More than 200 firefighters, backed up by 40 fire engines, fought for hours to try to control the blaze, London’s deadliest for a generation. The Grenfell Tower apartment block was home to about 600 people…..”


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