Update on the “Human Caused” TWO BULLS WILD FIRE (West of Bend, OR)
Good News: This raging fire that began on Saturday consuming some 6,800 acres since (10.6 square miles) is now at a 25% containment since late on Monday. After almost three days of investigation, authorities now say the fire, which began as two fires morphed into one, was human-caused. The weather for Central Oregon today will hold fair skies in place but keep the rather breezy conditions at times. Breezy meaning 10-15mph winds with the occasional gusts close to 20mph.
A live shot below showing the town of Bend with some low-level smoke in the distance. Yesterday, the mountains in the far distance were not even visible. Certainly an improvement.
Parts of the southeast, as well as the high plains, hold yet another round of strong-severe storms today. Areas of primary concern around the TN Valley stretching back into portions of North Mississippi and as far west as Memphis TN. Remember, the main threat will be gusty winds (58mph+), hail, locally heavy rain as well as a low-end tornado threat. This is for areas shaded in yellow depicted below. Stay Weather Aware!
Just a reminder of the Flash Flood watches in places across much of Alabama and portions of adjacent Southern Middle TN. Some of the higher totals of rain associated with this system have dumped upwards of 2-3 inches or more over a 24 hours period alone. There is plenty of moisture in place and afternoon heating only (given breaks in the clouds and enough sunshine to filter through) increases the instability levels which, in turn, allows bigger storms to grow and develop dumping heavier amounts of rain over a short period of time. Don’t underestimate ponding on the roadways either with flash flooding a concern. Turn around, don’t drown. It only take 2 feet of water (or less at times) to sweep your car right off the road.
In other news, a brush fire has broken out in the Florida Everglades. The fire has scorched over 19,500 acres and is not contained. Read more from the Sun Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1kdW992
Photo credit: @FLForestService.