Scotland Hit Hard by Fire Conditions, Wildfires | 1

SCOTLAND — It has been at least thirty days since rain has fallen in various regions and provinces in the Country and they are starting to feel the real pain of wildfires breaking out everywhere.

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Gallowway Forest Park Fire. | Photo Credit: SFRS Dumfries and Galloway

Social distancing and people staying home more due to the global pandemic may also be reasons why fires are increasing more than usual Fire Officials are reporting.

A massive firestorm is burning in Galloway Forest Park.

The cause of this fire is unknown but the Fire Service states there have been a high number of arson fires, which they say are unacceptable.

Community support for their firefighters has been overwhelming and most appreciative with loads of replenishing foods and beverages.

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Photo of an arson fire. | Photo Credit: SRFS Dumfries and Galloway

Other Countries such as AUSTRALIA, POLAND, RUSSIA, SIBERIA, and UKRAINE are also seeing increased perfect conditions making it more than too obvious fires are going to be sparking.  Warm temps, dry conditions and no rain in some parts are a very bad combination.  Others have seen an uptick in arson fires, more so than ever before the Coronavirus hit their Countries and around the Globe.

More notable wildfires such as the one burning in the area or were burning in the  Exclusion Zone of the Chernobyl NPP in Ukraine .  Fires have been breaking out all across the area, making it difficult to breathe and causing more harm than ever before.

Photo Credit:  Magicrush Lorien, Katuzhanka village, taken 80km (49 miles) from the Exclusion Zone.  (Photo Courtesy Greenpeace Russia)

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Chilean Wildfires Worsening | Devastation Increases | Update 1

Updated 00:45 PST 1/28/2017

The Chilean people have been suffering for many years as the Country has been plagued by a severe drought, which has covered most of their Country.  No one knows that more than the Country’s Firefighters and Police Officers.  They too have suffered along with their own people they are sworn to Serve and Protect.

Photo Credit: Patricio Sanhueza / CONAF

The severe drought began between the years of 2009 – 2010, worsening as each year passes.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Central – Southern Chile

Large-scale wildfires are breaking out all over this region. Evidence collected/analyzed shows arson fires starting in several places in the severely drought-ridden areas and showing the results of the perfect firestorm that has come to life.

FIRE FACT: 

“Chile reports ‘normal’ wildfires generally consume between 38,000 – 40,000 hectares or 93,900 – 98,842 acres annually.”

MUTUAL AID

Incident Commander (IC)

  • France:  Wildfire Assessment team from Marseille
  • Chile: Army
  • Working in Region 6

Photo Credit: Patricio Sanhueza / CONAF

Crisis Management Officers

  • USDA: Sending 4

Firefighters

  • France:  40-50.
  • Mexico: 40. (CONAFOR). Arrived on-scene January 25, 2017
  • Colombia:  Unknown # of Bogota FFs are responding.

Funding

  • USAID:  $100,000 USD has been sent to aid in the purchase of local firefighting equipment.

Offers of Assistance

  • Peru

Task Force

  • Canada: In process of deploying TF.

FIRE FACT:  

“240,000 hectares or 593,059 acres are currently burning in the Central – Southern regions of Chile.”

Air Support

  • USA:  SuperTanker from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Private foundation funding is paying for their first initial deployment.  Arrived in the Country on January 25th. Has begun operations
  • Russia:  Offered firefighting helicopters. Accepted by Chilean President.

Photo Credit: Patricio Sanhueza / CONAF

EVACUATIONS

Fires have been burning as far back as December 28, 2016.

In one day, over 10,000 people were evacuated.  This was on January 26, 2017.

INJURIES / FATALITIES

Injuries:  19

Unknown Numbers:  We are working to gather the #s and will provide an update as information is received.

FIRE FACT:

“Multiple Wildfires already being investigated, evidence shows arson fires started in several different places.” 

Killed: 10 persons

Air Tanker Pilot – A SEAT Air Tanker Pilot of was killed on December 28th when his plane crashed approximately 15 km or 9.32 miles near Santa Juana after working on a wildfire in the Bio Bio region.

3 Firefighters – Firefighters were killed on January 15th when they were entrapped and killed.

2 Police Officers:  Their stories are unknown at this time.

6 Civilians:  Limited information.

Infrastructure:

Power Lines:  Collapses occurring.

Photo Credit: Patricio Sanhueza / CONAF

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media News:

What people are saying about these fires is shared in this section of the post.

“We just performed three segmented drops in one load. We are on our way back now to reload.” – Global SuperTanker (1/27/2017)

“US in the air supporting Chile during the ongoing wildfire state of emergency.” – Media (1/27/2017)

“Communications technicians working to help people affected by the forest fires.” – Humanity Road (1/27/2017)

“Chile Amateur radio operators recognized.” – Humanity Road (1/27/2017)

“Chile’s wildfires have claimed lives, destroyed timber reserves & hit other industries hard.” – Fire Media (1/26/2017)

“Over 5,000 Firefighters are fighting Chilean Firefighters with no end in sight.” – Fire Media

“Chile! Help is on the way!” – Global SuperTanker (1/24/2017)

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  • #ChileFires
  • #Chile

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