15 Shocking Videos Show What It’s Really Like Trying to Survive the California Wildfires

15 Videos Show What It’s Really Like Trying to Survive the California Wildfires:

The Northern California wildfires are fast-moving, unpredictable, and for some, unsurvivable. The videos below will show you what it’s really like, trying to survive an ever-changing inferno…and why you shouldn’t wait for the official evacuation order.

A lot of folks have been critical, saying blithely, “They knew there was a fire. They should have evacuated.” It’s important to understand that it doesn’t always work like that with wildfires. Armchair quarterbacking is easy. Fleeing when the car your driving literally catches on fire and the smoke is blinding you is not easy.

First of all, fires move rapidly. You can be in no danger whatsoever and just see a fire on the distant horizon, and then minutes later, it’s at your back door. Secondly, they change courses. Many times, the fire gets ahold of some new fuel – like a home, tall grass, or trees, and the course veers in that direction. Finally, high winds have propelled these fires rapidly and fanned them to new heights. Every fall, California has something called the “Diablo Winds.” These are seasonal gusts that can reach as high as 80 mph and cause extremely high fire danger. When coupled with existing fires, it’s nothing less than the perfect storm.

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Northern California Wildfires Death Toll Climbs To 23 As “Destructive” Winds Fan Flames

NorCal Wildfires Death Toll Climbs To 23 As “Destructive” Winds Fan Flames:

After slackening earlier in the week, the dry, nearly hurricane-force winds that have been fanning the flames in Northern California picked up again overnight, revitalizing what some are already describing as the most devastating wildfires in the state’s modern history.

As of Thursday morning, 23 people have been confirmed dead in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Yuba counties. Another 200 are missing. Fires have swallowed more than 3,500 homes and businesses over more than 170,000 acres. And the state’s emergency shelters are rapidly approaching their limits as more than 25,000 people have fled with more than 4,000 staying in the shelters, according to the Washington Post.

The death toll is expected to rise significantly as officers reenter the “hot zones” that were totally destroyed by the fires.

“We can’t even get into most of the areas,” Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said. “When we start doing searches, I expect that number to go up.”

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10 Dead, 1000s Displaced After Wildfires Engulf Napa, Sonoma And 6 Other California Counties

10 Dead, 1000s Displaced After Wildfires Engulf Napa, Sonoma And 6 Other California Counties:

Update (8 pm ET): California state fire authorities are reporting that 10 people have been confirmed dead because of the wildfires that are raging in eight Northern California counties. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reported seven fire-related deaths late Monday. In addition, two died because of the Atlas fire in Napa County and one in Mendocino County, according to a CalFire spokesperson. The fires, which were enabled by dry conditions and a powerful, dry wind blowing west from the desert, spread quickly and reportedly left many area residents scrambling to flee their path.

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Wine country is burning.

Thousands of residents of Napa Valley, Sonoma and six other counties have been forced from their homes – and thousands more are preparing to flee – as 14 wildfires tear through Northern California, resisting fire fighters’ efforts to contain them.

California’s fire chief says at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed – and officials said that estimate was probably conservative. While no deaths have been confirmed, fire officials say numerous residents have been injured and a number of people are also missing. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott say an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Sonoma, Napa and Yuba counties, revealing that FEMA had approved emergency grants to help the state combat the fires. More than 20,000 people have been forced to evacuate, state officials said.

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As Hurricanes Slam The South, Shocking Images Show The Western US Is Literally On Fire

As Hurricanes Slam The South, Shocking Images Show The Western US Is Literally On Fire:

 Amid the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the impending destruction of Hurricane Irma, many Americans may not be aware that the western region of the country is suffering the opposite wrath of mother nature. From southern California to Washington, wildfires are engulfing thousands of acres of land and prompting thousands of evacuations. Many of the states battling the wildfires have been doing so all summer.

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Southern USA Wildfires Force Evacuations & Dust Storms Blanket N. Asia (Video)

The worst dust storms in a decade blanket Northern China heading on to Japan and Korea with enough force to make it to the west coast of Canada and the USA. Noticeable is a cyclonic spin that was noticed in the USA super-storm that wiped out 40% of the USA wheat crop.

Wildfires spread from southern Georgia’s Okefenokee National wildlife refuge into Florida forcing evacuations of 100,000+ people and burning 400,000 acres. Visible from space it looks like a volcanic eruption.

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Uncontained wildfires threaten tens of thousands of California homes (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Uncontained wildfires threaten tens of thousands of California homes

Uncontained wildfires threaten tens of thousands of California homes (PHOTOS, VIDEOS):

Wildfires started within the last week are threatening homes across California, sending more than 80,000 residents fleeing under mandatory evacuation orders and warnings. Several blazes are nowhere close to being contained. At least one person has died.

With California coping with the fifth year of the worst drought in over a century, the dying trees and dry underbrush have turned the state into a tinderbox. Firefighters are battling several massive blazes throughout the Golden State. The wildfires have caused millions of dollars of damage so far, and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings.

The Blue Cut Fire near Devore in San Bernardino County began in the late morning hours on Tuesday. Within an hour, it had spread to 1,000 acres; by Wednesday afternoon, the inferno had engulfed 65,000 acres with 0 percent containment.

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LA goes dark: Smoke and a layer of ash cover Los Angeles as huge 20,000-acre wildfire burns out of control north of the city and forces at least 1,000 residents to abandon their homes

LA goes dark: Smoke and a layer of ash cover Los Angeles as huge 20,000-acre wildfire burns out of control north of the city and forces at least 1,000 residents to abandon their homes

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Fire burning in Santa Barbara County more than doubles to 4,000 acres overnight

Fire burning in Santa Barbara County more than doubles to 4,000 acres overnight:

A wildfire in Santa Barbara County that’s threatening homes and closing major highways more than doubled in size overnight to 4,000 acres, federal officials said early Friday.

Chewing through vegetation that hasn’t burned since the 1950s and pushed by 40 mph winds, the Sherpa fire crawled toward Highway 101 between El Capitan State Beach and Gaviota, forcing the California Highway Patrol to shut down the coastal route overnight.

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Welcome To Hell: The Giant Fort McMurray Fire Is The Worst Blaze In Canadian History

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Welcome To Hell: The Giant Fort McMurray Fire Is The Worst Blaze In Canadian History:

The gigantic wildfire that has forced the evacuation of the entire city of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta has been nicknamed “the Beast“, and mainstream news reports are telling us that it is now approximately 25 percent larger than New York City.  88,000 people have already been forced out of their homes, at least 1,600 buildings have been destroyed, and smoke from the fire has been spotted as far away as Iowa.  To say that this is a “disaster” is a massive understatement.  Northern Alberta is “tinder dry” right now, and authorities say that high winds could result in the size of the fire doubling by the end of the weekend.  One-fourth of Canada’s oil output has already been shut down, and the edge of the fire is now getting very close to the neighboring province of Saskatchewan.  This is already the most expensive natural disaster in the history of Canada, and officials fully expect to be fighting this blaze for months to come.

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Canada Wildfire Grows An Additional 50% In Less Than 24 Hours, Is “Out Of Control”, And Could Double In Size Today

“Out Of Control” Canada Wildfire Could Double In Size Today: Fort McKay Evacuated:

Since we first reported on the massive fire (and the fallout) that was burning in Canada’s oil sands gateway, Fort McMurray, things have gone from bad to worse. Today we learn that the fire that has already devastated 600 square miles, growing an additional 50% in less than 24 hours, is out of control, and could double in size by the end of the day.

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As of late Saturday night, the fire had grown to 156,000 hectares and was heading toward the Saskatchewan border. Officials said winds up to 40 kilometres an hour will blow Saturday and warm temperatures mean it could add another 100,000 hectares to the fire by the end of the day. “We need heavy rain,” said Chad Morrison, senior wildfire manager, giving an update with Notley at noon Saturday according to the EdJournal.

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Stunning Footage From Inside Alberta’s “Apocalyptic” Inferno (Videos)

Stunning Dash Cam Footage From Inside Alberta’s “Apocalyptic” Inferno:

The fire burning in the middle of Canada’s oil sands, which as reported earlier has led to the evacuation of over 80,000 local residents, has resulted in is set to trim oil output by about 500kbp for about 10 days, has been described as “apocalyptic.” The following dash cam videos which have captured the reality for some 80,000 local residents demonstrate why.

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A Canadian oil-sands town is on fire; 80,000 residents must evacuate – The Fallout From The “Devastating” Canadian Wildfire: Over 500,000 Barrels Offline, $1 Billion In Losses

A Canadian oil-sands town is on fire; 80,000 residents must evacuate

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The Fallout From The “Devastating” Canadian Wildfire: Over 500,000 Barrels Offline, $1 Billion In Losses:

Now that Canada has had a chance to evaluate the damage from the historic Alberta fire, the question on everyone’s lips is what will be the near-term impact on oil production.  The most comprehensive answer provided so far comes from Morgan Stanley’s Benny Wong who estimates that the total number of offline capacity will be anywhere between 400 and 500 mbbl/d, with the shut-in expected to last about 10 days, potentially reducing total market output by as much as 5 million barrels.

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California’s Wildfires Are Now The Same Size As Six Manhattans

California’s Wildfires Are Now The Same Size As Six Manhattans (Vocativ, Aug 4, 2015):

Wildfires have destroyed or damaged 137,000 acres of Californian land this year, about the same size as six Manhattans, 4.5 San Franciscos, three Washington D.C.s or 1.5 Philadelphias. That’s nearly three times California’s five-year average of 48,153 acres to August 1, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Australia: About 100 Bushfires Still Burning In New South Wales, State Of Emergency Declared (Video)


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Australia bushfires: New South Wales declares state of emergency (BBC News, Oct 20, 2013):

The fires have already destroyed at least 200 homes, as Jon Donnison reports

A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales as Australian firefighters battle bushfires that have already destroyed more than 200 homes.

The announcement comes as conditions look set to deteriorate with soaring temperatures and strong winds expected to fan the flames in the coming days.

The Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, has been the worst-hit region with some fires still raging out of control.

State officials say they are the most dangerous conditions in 40 years.

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Southern California Wildfire Burns 1,000 Acres; Thousands Flee

Southern California fire burns 1,000 acres; thousands flee (CNN, May 28, 2103):

Crews in Southern California struggled to get the upper hand on a fast-moving wildfire in Santa Barbara County early Tuesday.

Known as the White Fire, the blaze had already charred some 1,000 acres after getting its start Monday afternoon, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen said. The flames were 5% contained.

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‘Catastrophic’: Hundreds Of Wildfires Rage In Australia Amid Record Heat Wave (VIDEO, PHOTOS)


This undated handout picture provided by New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW Rural Fire Service) on January 8, 2013 shows a NSW Rural Fire Service worker spraying water on a bush fire at Green Point in New South Wales. (AFP Photo/ NSW Rural Fire Service)

‘Catastrophic’: Hundreds of wildfires rage in Australia amid record heat wave (VIDEO, PHOTOS) (RT, Jan 8, 2013):

A heat wave that has already caused devastating fires on the Island state of Tasmania, with 100 people still missing, has now moved to mainland Australia and is reaping havoc in New South Wales, as the heat wave looks to smash records.

­In some areas temperatures have shot up by as much as 20C in three hours and combined with 50 mph winds have created disastrous fire conditions.

Right across Australia records have been broken by the heat wave and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has been forced to add colors to its forecast charts to take account of temperatures of 50-54 degrees Celsius.

Australia’s all-time record of 50.7 degrees; set in January 1960 at Oodnadatta in South Australia is likely to be smashed over the coming days. On Tuesday, in some places temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius were recorded.

“The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau’s model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees,” David Jones , the BoM’s head of climate monitoring, told Fairfax newspapers.

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