Hey guys, I’m a Washintonian. As you may have heard we’re currently having record seasonal wildfires. If you’ve never been here you might not know that a good portion of washington is actually composed of semi-arid desert. In particular north central, which is where the fires are causing the majority of damage. The communities that are being the most heavily affected are Okanogan, Twisp, Chelan, Wenatchee, and other north central towns and cities. The air quality statewide is horrendous; I live down in the southeast by Spokane and the air is barely breathable.

Washington State also has a number of Indigenous reservations, which are currently being disproportionately affected by the destruction of farmland and reduction in air quality that we’re currently seeing take place. Both the Spokane and Colville tribal communities are currently subject to evacuations due to the fact that a good half the state has suddenly decided to go up in flames. 

I would highly recommend donating to the Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund, who are currently on the ground distributing food, water, and shelter to affected communities. The red cross has been sketchy in the past, so if you want your money going directly to the victims I recommend the link above.

This is the largest string of wildfires Washington has ever seen. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and dozens of firefighters lives have been lost. Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers, and if you can, donate to the relief efforts. Thank you.


Horrifying photos show the California wildfires forcing 12,000 people to evacuate

It may look like something out of Mad Max, but these images are of California’s Lake County, where a wildfire has spread across 54,000 acres. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says 12,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, 24 homes have been destroyed and 6,000 other buildings are at risk. 2,000 firefighters are working hard as the fire is barely contained.

Fire Tornadoes, or Fire Whirls, form in situations where fires are present through similar mechanisms to tornadoes. Hot air is trying to rise, but it can’t get through a thicker layer of colder air, so it bursts through in one spot. When air compresses itself from a wide area into a small cone, the angular momentum of the air causes the full cloud to rapidly spin. This is perhaps the largest fire whirl I’ve ever seen. It was filmed last week by a firefighter working in Idaho.


Meet Jhennifer Rawlings, Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist out of Billings, Montana

Jhennifer combines her love of Montana with her enthusiasm to work with the public in her new position at the Bureau of Land Management.

Rawlings joins the BLM after over 13 years working for U.S. Forest in the fuels and prescribed burns. She earned her degree in resource conservation from the University of Montana.

She is excited to be a part of the Montana team and enjoys spreading awareness on how the public can prevent wildfires. She encourages the public to take an active part in fire prevention and protect their homes.

We are thankful for all wildland fire personnel, especially this time of year! To learn more about BLM Montana’s fire branch, visit http://on.doi.gov/1EJ5npj.

Watch a recent behind-the-scenes interview with Jhennifer on the BLM Montana/ Dakotas Facebook page.

Photos courtesy of Jhennifer Rawlings, BLM.


They look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but these otherworldly photos are actually of a wildfire that’s currently raging in southern California. 

LA-based photographer Stuart Palley embedded with the firefighters doing their best to control the flames. For nighttime photos like these, you’ll need our Expedition Tripod to keep your camera steady.

Otherworldly Photos of a Raging Wildfire in California

via Mashable 


Tawa, Postosuchus and Late Triassic Wildfires

New Mexico - Chinle Formation, Late Triassic Period

Recent research shows that the Late Triassic tropics (including modern day New Mexico) experienced frequent wildfires and fluctuating climate extremes, which may have prevented large-bodied herbivorous dinosaurs from dominating and diversifying in the low latitudes. Small theropod dinosaurs like Tawa (pictured here, lower right) existed alongside other types of archosaurs such as the large, carnivorous Postosuchus (pictured here, upper left) in the Triassic tropics, but dinosaurs were relatively rare and less diverse at low latitudes until the more stable climate of the Jurassic Period, 15 million years after relatively large dinosaurs were fairly common in the higher latitudes.

I made this illustration for Earth Archives. Follow Earth Archives here on Tumblr!

[Please don’t use or reproduce without permission, and thanks for viewing!]

Some remote rubberneckers used their drones to get a close-up view of a gargantuan wildfire 50 miles east of Los Angeles, and thus prevented firefighters from actually putting out the fire. Thanks to the entire state being so dehydrated that meteorologists have described it as “akin to SpongeBob jogging in Hell,” a blaze sparked and quickly turned into a 3500-acre apocalypse. Nobody died, but at least 20 cars erupted into flame like Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial. Very likely, the fire could have been contained much earlier than it was if the firefighters hadn’t found their efforts significantly delayed by five recreational drones dicking around the scene. The drones’ operators wanted to videotape the fire without being anywhere near it, so they sent their toys to record as much delightful footage as possible of a bunch of strangers at serious risk of being burned alive.

6 People Who Responded To Tragedies In The Most Soulless Way


It’s not just the Arctic that’s burning

A couple of days ago we shared some satellite photos of smoke from wildfires in Canada, Siberia and Alaska encircling the northern regions of the globe, commenting on the fact that the black soot deposited from these plumes will accelerate snow and ice melt, and hence sea level rise (see http://on.fb.me/1JcymY9). The western half of the USA has also seen a very strong fire season, with several months of it left to run. From California and Oregon to Idaho and Montana, an area the size of New Jersey has gone up in smoke, and as I write some 20 major fires are still burning. This is already the second highest hectarage of the last quarter century after 2011.

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