Ancient forests are burning in places never having wildfires in their past. Here are some unusual places:
- SPAIN and CANARY ISLANDS
The evacuation of more than 4,000 residents on La Gomera and Tenerife in the Canary Islands began late on Saturday and many roads were closed as a precaution, the regional government said. On Sundayesidents were not being allowed to return to eight towns and villages on the tourist island of Tenerife and 10 on La Gomera, the government said.
A statement said firefighters were finding it difficult to limit the spread of fire. “We are living through hell, we have asked the central government for more resources with which to fight the fire,” said Casimimo Curbelo, the local government leader of La Gomera.
Meanwhile on the mainland in northwestern Galicia, two villages in Ourense province were evacuated on Friday as flames devoured another 800 hectares of vegetation, the regional government said.
Another wildfire erupted on Saturday in Spain’s Gers region bordering France, devastating 200 hectares of forest, officials said, adding that French firemen were helping their Spanish counterparts check the flames.
Spain has been battling fires both in the Canaries, which are off the Moroccan coast, and on the mainland after a winter that saw almost no rainfall, leaving the landscape its driest in seven decades.
About 200 firefighters are battling a wildfire that has ravaged about 550 hectares (1360 acres) of pine forest near a resort popular with surfers on France’s Atlantic coast.
Water is being dumped from four planes in an effort to control the blaze, near Lacanau, about 25km (16 miles) west of Bordeaux.
The task is being hampered by high winds and temperatures of up to 40C. Droughts and heat have fanned wildfires across southern Europe this year.
Greek firefighters yesterday battled a blaze, fanned by strong winds, on the island of Chios, where billowing smoke forced the evacuations of three villages.
Ten water bombers and five helicopters were deployed as 50 fire-fighters and almost 80 army troops worked to contain the wildfire on the eastern island. They also used 17 fire engines and were backed by 40 volunteers.
The wildfire started in the early hours of yesterday in the island’s south, and the evacuation was carried out on the initiative of the villagers because of the heavy smoke that covered the area.
“The fire is close to inhabited areas but for the time being has not posed an immediate threat,” a fire department spokesman told AFP.
Strong winds of up to 63 kilometres per hour hindered helicopters and water bombers from trying to draw water from the sea because of high waves, the spokesman said.
(Reuters) – Wildfires roared out of control across the sun-scorched U.S. West on Wednesday and threatened to engulf two small towns in Idaho as firefighters managed to partially dampen a monster blaze that has destroyed more than 60 homes in Washington state.
All told, the fires have blackened more than half a million acres across Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California, destroying homes and outbuildings, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate ahead of the flames and killing a young firefighter.
WILDFIRES INCREASING DRAMATICALLY ACROSS WORLD
If you scan the list of wildfires across the world in Wikipedia’s List of Wildfires http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wildfires you will see that the FREQUENCY of wildfires in all countries has increased geometrically everywhere.
THERE IS A VERY GOOD REASON FOR THIS INCREASE! THE AIR ON PLANET EARTH HAS BECOME DRIER!
WHAT IS WET AND WHAT IS DRY???
“WET” and “DRY” are relative terms like “GOOD” and “BAD.”
We humans relate a term like “good” “bad” “wet” and “dry” to a normal situation which we recognize.
If a man goes through life helping others and harming no one, we say his behavior is “GOOD.” If the man does not help anyone, but in fact, harms them, we say his behavior is “BAD.”
“Good” and “Bad” are symbols pointing to the reality of a specific person’s behavior in this example.
“Wet” and “Dry” are also symbols relating to the amount of water in the air during average conditions.
If there is less water in the air relative to the average amount of water in the air, we use the symbol: “DRIER.”
The plants on our beautiful planet net water to live. Trees, in particular, need lots of water due to their immense size. Each leaf, even on the “tippy-top” of the tree needs enough water so that its cells can metabolize the sap that is brought up from the roots and it can have enough energy to stay green.
If that “tippy-top” leaf does not get enough water it will die.
When a leaf dies, it turns from a green, wet living organism to a brown, dry piece of carbon.
A dead, dry leaf is like a piece of coal ready to be ignited and then to burn and release high energy which heats the air and ignites other dead dry leaves.
We can see that dry air kills leaves and dead leaves are the perfect fuel for fires. A spark from lightning, a nearby fire or a careless human is all that is needed to change what was once a wonderful green tree into a blazing caldron which then ignites all the dying trees around it.
Like everything on our living planet, only one molecule like H2O, can make the difference between life and death.
A human, for example, with plenty of Oxygen in his blood, will smile and run and play and be happy. Take away his Oxygen and he will quickly die. Just one molecule makes the difference between life and death.
WHY IS THE AIR DRIER?
The air on our beautiful planet is drier for one simple reason: The Planet Earth has become Hotter.
As any object in the Universe becomes hotter, it must expand!
The reason an object expands when it becomes hotter is that the molecules given extra energy in the form of heat move faster.
As they move faster they travel a longer distance during any fixed time period, such as a second.
Since every molecule on the Earth travels faster and therefore farther, the size of every part of the earth is bigger.
All matter in the Universe is found in three STATES: SOLID, LIQUID OR GAS.
All matter can change from one state to the other by adding energy in the form of Heat.
Therefore the LIQUID water in our oceans are changing to gas known as Water Vapor.
This should make our atmosphere wetter.
However, since our atmosphere has also expanded the increased amount of water vapor cannot condense into rain drops because the expanded air is larger, and, of course hotter.
Water Vapor needs two conditions in order to condense into Rain Drops: A cold temperature where the water molecules move slowly, and a small area where the water molecules can meet each other, join together and form a group called a “Rain Drop.”
When enough rain drops collect, gravity pulls them to the Earth and we humans call their falling down to the Earth: “Rain.”
As we see daily, there is relatively little rain falling on our planet—and this condition is known as Drought.
Both Drought and Wildfires are the equivalent of what medical doctors would call “Physical Findings.”
When a medical doctor attempts to make a diagnosis, he listens to the patient’s complaints. These complaints are called the “Symptoms.” They are important, but they are not sufficient to make a diagnosis.
The doctor then inspects the patient with his eyes, ears, hands and nose. In ancient times, doctors such as Hippocrates also used taste. Hippocrates was the first to diagnose Diabetes by tasting the patient’s urine, which was sweet.
These findings, from the examination of the doctor using his senses, are called the Physical Findings.
The Physical Findings are more important than the Symptoms because they are real. Symptoms are the experience of the patient which are always partially emotional.
If we look at our Planet today, the Physical Findings within the framework of Time are impressive.
We are seeing hotter temperatures, more drought, more wildfires and more ice melting in glaciers and the North and South Poles than ever before in history.
These Physical Findings are not emotions, they are real.
The Planet Earth is obviously heating up and will shortly destroy all life on the Planet but the Human Species is intentionally ignoring the Physical Findings.
Like a fat patient who comes to the doctor because of the discomfort caused by his obesity, he will ignore the doctors advice.
We all know that we should greatly reduce our consumption of hydro-carbons, such as diesel fuel, gasoline and “Jet Fuel.”
We could drive tiny cars, use trains for national travel and ocean liners or sailing boats for international travel thereby cutting our use of hydrocarbons more than ninety percent, but we are totally coerced by our desire to move fast and in luxurious surroundings that we are intentionally committing suicide.
Since there are seven billion people on the Planet and since our economic and political leaders are more interested in monetary gain and political power, the few intelligent humans who see the disaster that is rapidly approaching have no chance to change the course of humanity.
For those few who see disaster approaching our only recourse is to put off the disaster as long as possible. The only way to do this is to relocate to a part of the Planet where the heat will not be as concentrated as much as it will be near the Equator.
I personally, with my family, plan to move to either Canada or New Zealand.
It is a difficult choice, since they both are lovely countries with excellent people.
The social and economic situation in the USA and Europe is degrading rapidly.
The populations in these two areas are so controlled by Elitists who only value immediate political power and immediate wealth that there is no hope for change.
In Canada and in New Zealand the populations have a stronger representation in their governments and also the population density is very low.
I believe that New Zealand is the best choice. It is near the South Pole and within the confines of Asia.
When the people of the USA and Europe finally realize that they have been duped by the Elitists there will be extreme violence, just as there is in Syria today.