Carlton Complex Fire now 16% contained as rain expedites relief effort

Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:

PATEROS, Wash – Crews fighting the Carlton Complex fire in north central Washington are beginning to make progress on that fire, helped by Mother Nature and a steady drizzle.

Tuesday morning authorities said the Carlton Complex Fire, the largest fire in the history of Washington, fire was 16 percent contained.

The largest previous wildfire was the Yacolt Burn Fire at 238,000 acres in 1902.

Still the fire that was more than 100 miles long had grown to 250,136 acres in size. The number of resources on the ground grew as well and now includes around 2110 firefighters and fire personnel.

The Carlton Complex fire was sparked by lightening one week ago. At least 185 homes so far have been destroyed by the fire. One person died of a heart attack while trying to protect his home.

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Remembering the Basin Butte Pack Thanksgiving Week Massacre….

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

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July 22, 2014

It’s been almost five years since the Basin Butte pack was gunned down, during Thanksgiving week, in Stanley, Idaho.

I hope you will remember these wolves and the cruel, disgusting agency that took their lives. Wildlife Services must be abolished and defunded. They’re an extermination arm of the Department of Agriculture, killing millions of animals annually for agribusiness. They do horrific damage to gray wolves and other native wildlife.

I will be paying tribute this week to the wolves and wolf packs who’ve have been slaughtered in wolf hunts, by Wildlife Services, poachers and ranchers.

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Thanksgiving Week Massacre of The Basin Butte Wolves

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A Basin Butte wolf pup, 6 months old.

December 6, 2009

All Photos by Idaho WildWolf Images Copyright 2008.

This is an account of Idaho’s popular Basin Butte wolves and their tragic end, as told to me by…

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Carlton Complex Fire is largest in Washington history, over 4 times the size of Seattle

Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:

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Wildfire working its way up a hillside of trees in Okanogan County, Wash. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

NEAR CARLTON, Wash. — The Carlton Complex Fire in north-central Washington has grown to 244,000 acres, or 381 square miles — more than four times the size of Seattle — and is the largest wildfire in state history. An estimated 185 homes have been destroyed so far in the flames that are only 2 percent contained.

The largest previous wildfire was the Yacolt Burn Fire at 238,000 acres in 1902.

Moreover, a new wildfire called the Bugg Road Fire, about 8 miles east of Tonasket, along Highway 97, broke out Monday and quickly grew from 300 acres to 1,100 acroes. “Multiple structures threatened,” the Washington Department of Natural Resources tweeted. Mandatory Level 3 evacuation orders were issued for Tonasket, and from Siwash Road at North Siwash Road and Oberg Road.

There are a total of…

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Doomsday climate scenario no longer far-fetched

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

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“Consider this. What if all life on earth could go extinct because of man-made climate change?” — “Last Hours” documentary

There is little, these days, that brings state power in line with the best interests of the public or the planet. Those in power devour Koch money for breakfast and deliver destruction of the planet all day long.  Concentrated corporate and special-interest power monetize what was sacred, and have taken over governments, including our own, cannibalizing the planet to exhaustion. This trajectory is accelerating such that this may be the last century of life on this planet. Each of the five former known extinctions eradicated more than half of life on earth. Several of them involved global warming.

Everyone should watch Thom Hartmann’s short “Last Hours, a preamble to a documentary in the works, covering the projections of how climate change will likely play out. Rather than a…

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Blog Follow-up

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

Please watch Thom Hartmann’s short documentary linked in the just posted column and add to the conversation by emailing my editors at tctvoice@madison.com.

Over 100,000 bear killers apply each year to kill more bears ( 2/3 cubs) over packs of dogs and bait set since April and dogs run by anyone who wants to run them, tearing apart wildlife including cubs on the ground as they go.  We have less that 1500 signatures on the petition against using dogs on all wildlife in Wisconsin, the only state that kills wolves using packs of dogs – and that runs dogs on all wildlife under the excuse of killing coyotes without limit, statewide, year-round, night and day. They started running dogs on bears who have babies just a few months old, July 1 – and will continue whenever they want, through the bear kill into October. While killing, all the others who…

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Remembering Yellowstone’s Cottonwood Pack….

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

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Photo: Wolf 527, killed on Buffalo Plateau on Oct. 3. Credit: Dan Stahler / National Parks Service

July 21, 2014

There was great sadness over the killing of the 06 Female, one of the most famous wolves ever to grace Yellowstone National  Park. But long before her untimely death, another equally famous Yellowstone wolf met the same fate years earlier.  527f, the alpha female of Yellowstone’s Cottonwood Pack, was gunned down outside the park by a hunter’s bullet along with her equally famous daughter and mate. This happened mere months after the Obama administration removed ESA protections for wolves and handed them over to hostile state governments, in Montana and Idaho.
I want to pay tribute to these amazing wolves and others like them, as the tragedy of Obama’s failed policies continue to wreak havoc on wolves and other wildlife.
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October 25, 2009

 Yellowstone’s famous Cottonwood pack Alpha female…

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Victims of Carlton Complex fire try to cope with loss

Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:

Bs9PhMnCAAAQH71MALOTT – Brad McGaha and his family spent the day looking at what’s left of his home near Malott.

“It’s a tough time, we’ve lived here most of our lives,” he says. “To come and see this, at this point, it’s overwhelming.  You know it’s going to be bad, but you can’t really take it in until you get here and see the scene.”

Like many people from this area, McGaha paid attention when the Carlton Complex fire broke out earlier this week. But he didn’t think he was in any danger.

“I thought we were going to be ok, it’s far away, we’ll watch it. But with the wind, it just took off and exploded.”

Sam Cain was also surprised by the power of the fire.

“They were 50 or 60 foot tall flames, it was unbelievable,” he says. “Then there was so much smoke, you couldn’t see a…

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Wildfires still rage as officials find hope in slightest relief

Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:

Dozens of homes burned in Okanogan County

OKANOGAN COUNTY — As crews continue to battle the massive Carlton Complex Fire that has burned more than 215,000 acres and up to 100 homes, hope is sought in even the slightest hints of good news.

Less than 24 hours after the towns of Brewster and Malott were evacuated Friday, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said he sees a slight respite in the weather and hopes it will calm the massive blaze.

“The fire is slowing down, but still really active,” Rogers said Saturday morning.

Rogers said cooler weather has helped stall the flames slightly, and official were able to open State Route 153 and US Highway 97 at times throughout the day.

But 20-25 MPH winds persisted, continuing to hamper relief efforts.

The Carlton Complex Fire, the largest in the state, started July 14 after a lighting weather system moved through the dry Methow Valley. The fires have burned…

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How Wolves Changed the Landscape in Yellowstone

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

This video is a little dated, filmed about five years after wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone but already their effects on rivers and the environment were being felt!!

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Video: Courtesy YouTube

Posted in: Biodiversity, gray wolf

Tags: Trophic cascades, Yellowstone National Park, gray wolves

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