Sixteen dead in US wildfires as officials say toll could rise

first_imgBut Newsom said the weather “is beginning to cooperate,” with winds settling down and some rain forecast.People walk by the Pacific Ocean coast as smoke from wildfires covers an area near Yachats, Oregon, US, Sept. 8, 2020. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)In neighboring Oregon, where one million acres (400,000 hectares) have burned and three people are reported dead with dozens still unaccounted for, governor Kate Brown also expressed hope a corner had been turned.More than 40,000 Oregonians have fled their homes so far, with around half a million under evacuation warnings, Brown told a press conference — clarifying previous higher figures given by state officials.”The weather system fueling these fires over the past few days has finally broken down,” she said.”We anticipate cooler air and moisture coming in the next few days, which is really good news.”Dozens of people remained missing in connection with the fires, Brown said.Even as the weather forecast offered hope, Newsom painted a grim picture of California as the canary in the climate-change coal mine.”I’m a little bit exhausted that we have to continue to debate this issue,” he said in televised comments as he toured the damage. “This is a climate damn emergency. This is real, and it’s happening.”This is the perfect storm.”He added: “California, folks, is America fast-forward. What we’re experiencing right here is coming to communities all across the United States of America unless we get our act together on climate change, unless we disabuse ourselves of all the BS that’s been spewed by a very small group of people.”‘Complete loss’ The August Complex Fire this week became by far the biggest recorded blaze in Californian history, ripping through 746,000 acres of dry vegetation in the state’s north, as multiple fires combined.But it is just one of around 100 large fires on the West Coast, and other rapidly growing blazes closer to populated areas have proven deadlier.”We are at a complete loss for words right now,” Bobbie Zedaker told the San Francisco Chronicle, after DNA tests proved her missing 16-year-old nephew was among those killed by the North Complex Fire.Two more people were killed near the rural community of Happy Camp, a Cal Fire spokeswoman told AFP Friday.But in a mountainous region of central California, close to where the Creek Fire is burning, some members of an indigenous community refused to leave their homes despite evacuation orders.”I don’t feel it’s going to come this way,” said James Hancock, 52, whose home on the Cold Springs Rancheria Indian Reservation currently has no light, electricity or water.Huge wildfires are becoming more common, with the World Meteorological Organization saying the five years to 2019 was unprecedented for fires, especially in Europe and North America.Climate change amplifies droughts which dry out regions, creating ideal conditions for wildfires to spread out of control and inflict huge material and environmental damage.California has already seen more than 3.1 million acres burn this year — an annual record, approximately the size of Connecticut — with nearly four months of fire season still to come.Topics : “We’re preparing for a mass fatality incident based on what we know and the number of structures that have been lost,” warned Andrew Phelps, director of the office of emergency management in Oregon on Friday.Oregon defines “mass fatality incident” as one that causes death and suffering which cannot be met by usual individual or community resources, according to the Washington Post.”We anticipate that number (of deaths) may potentially go up as we get back into areas that have been ravaged by flame and obviously, smoke begins to clear,” warned California governor Gavin Newsom, as he visited a scorched forest near the raging North Complex Fire.Ten people have been confirmed dead from that blaze in Butte County, which was driven at unprecedented pace toward the city of Oroville earlier in the week by strong, dry winds and soaring temperatures. US officials warned Friday of potential “mass” fatalities as more than 20,000 firefighters from across the country battled sprawling deadly wildfires up and down the West Coast.A prediction of cooler weather offered some hope of respite in coming days, but the true scale of the destruction from dozens of massive blazes in California, Oregon and Washington states remained hard to gauge.There were 16 deaths confirmed this week, with wide stretches of land still cut off by flames.last_img read more


Redknapp hints at Morrison swoop

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp believes he could prove to be Ravel Morrison’s “last chance” to make a success of his football career. His behaviour off the pitch led to Sir Alex Ferguson selling him when in charge at Manchester United despite his undoubted talent and, since completing a move to east London, has found himself farmed out on loan to Birmingham, QPR and Cardiff. Morrison’s spell in south Wales was cut short earlier in the week and, having failed to make an impact, he returned to West Ham, whose manager Sam Allardyce could look to sell him in January – with some reports suggesting his contract could even be terminated before then. He enjoyed a run in the Hammers team last season but ended up as part of Redknapp’s Championship play-off winning side and now the R’s manager could be tempted to offer him another, possibly final, lifeline. “I liked him,” Redknapp said when asked about the prospect of signing Morrison. “I think I might be last chance. He has got to sort himself out. Fergie ended up getting rid of him, Sam got rid of him and they are top, top managers. “He has obviously got to look at himself somewhere but I’m open to taking those chances with people – I have done it over the years and so maybe I will do it. “He is an amazing talent, I have got to be truthful. He glides over the pitch and has the ability to beat people but he doesn’t put it all together. “There is something missing, isn’t there? There is a screw loose somewhere. He isn’t that bad a lad and has had a hard life. The West Ham midfielder has seen a promising start at Upton Park fade into the possibility of his contract being torn up after his latest loan move to Cardiff failed to ignite his potential. Morrison has a chequered past away from football and the England Under-21 international is currently awaiting trial having been accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend. “You know what it is like, people might say: ‘he is a waste of time, p**s him off’ but I would hate to see it. Where is he going to be in 15 years’ time? I will probably be six-foot under but where will he be?” Redknapp, who held a meeting with owner Tony Fernandes in Malaysia on Thursday, revealed he will not have any money at his disposal in the January transfer window. The club currently sit 18th in the Premier League and have yet to take a point away from Loftus Road but Redknapp, who oversaw the arrival of 10 new faces over the summer, will be left looking around the loan market to improve his squad – with Morrison an obvious option. “Really we are looking at loans, yes,” he said. “One or two loans if we can but I don’t know from where. I couldn’t sit here and say we were close to getting anybody on loan at the moment, we are not. But that was where we were at. “I had not thought about him (Morrison) but someone mentioned him. It’s a gamble, but if you are in the loan business you are in the gambling business, aren’t you really? “You are going to go and gamble on someone, you are not going to go and get on Wayne Rooney tomorrow, or Raheem Sterling, are you? You are going to take a chance on one or two. “I think he’s got the ability to play. It’s just if he wants to, he’s got to sort himself out. But he hasn’t done anything and he’s not the only one like that.” Press Associationlast_img read more


Wellington Fire/EMS weekly report: Dec. 7 – Dec. 13, 2015

first_img11-Dec6:54 AMNatura Gas Odor800 block East 4th Wellington Fire and EMS Weekly Run Log 7-Dec3:35 PMTransfer to Wichita 9-Dec6:10 AMTransfer to Wichita 7-Dec9:01 AMMedical Emergency600 block Sylvan Lane 13-Dec8:13 AMVehicle AccidentKansas Turnpike 11-Dec2:57 PMVehicle Accident1400 block W. 8th 7-Dec12:01 PMMedical Emergency200 block W. Harvey 12-Dec11:26 PMMedical Emergency700 block N. Elm 8-Dec10:49 AMCarbon Monoxide100 block Industrial 8-Dec9:08 AMMedical Emergency1000 block W. 16th 8-Dec1:10 AMMedical Emergency400 block W. Sumner 11-Dec3:19 PMMedical Emergency1300 block Edgewood 8-Dec4:37 PMMedical EmergencyOxford 8-Dec6:19 PMMedical EmergencyOxford 8-Dec6:58 PMTransfer to Wichita 9-Dec1:10 AMMedical Emergency1600 block W. 8th 7-Dec3:30 AMMedical Emergency300 block N. Blainecenter_img 7-Dec4:34 PMMedical Emergency1600 block W. 8th 11-Dec12:50 AMMedical Emergency200 block South H 10-Dec10:06 AMTransfer to Wichita 10-Dec4:34 AMTransfer to Wichita 7-Dec8:25 PMTransfer to Wichita 12-Dec2:45 AMTransfer to Wichita 11-Dec4:30 PMAssist Police700 block E. 4th 10-Dec11:10 AMMedical EmergencyOxford 7-Dec7:00 AMTransfer to Wichita 11-Dec1:20 AMTransfer to Eagle Med 8-Dec4:01 PMMedical Emergency1600 block W. 8th 12-Dec8:04 AMInjury AccidentUS 160 & Turnpike Sumner Newscow report — The following are the Wellington Fire and EMS weekly run for Friday, Dec. 7- Dec. 13. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 11-Dec3:48 PMMedical Emergency1300 block E. Lincolnlast_img read more