July 2 News: Deadly Arizona Wildfire Still Zero Percent Contained As Region Bakes In Record Heat

(Credit: David Kadlubowski/The Republic)

The wildfire outside of Prescott, Arizona that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters still burns out of control. [Arizona Republic]

As the community grieved the loss of 19 firefighters who died Sunday fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, the deadly blaze continued to rage out of control. As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, it had grown to 8,400 acres and remained zero percent contained. About 500 firefighters were battling the blaze, with more expected to join Tuesday.

Mother Nature did not cooperate. Adverse weather conditions forced state incident management officials to call off air support from about 5 p.m. through Monday evening. Officials feared the monsoon activity could cause erratic winds that would make the fire unpredictable and difficult to fight.

The city of Prescott on Monday also released the names of the 19 firefighters killed, a few hours after a somber caravan carried their bodies to Phoenix. All 19 men were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting team employed at the Prescott Fire Department. One other Granite Mountain firefighter was away from the group at the time.

Fourteen of the men were in their 20s.

Death Valley on Sunday reached 129 degrees, the highest June temperature ever recorded in the United States on Sunday after an update was posted on Monday. [Washington Post]

Many scientists predict a hot, dry western U.S. prone to wildfires will be the “new normal.” [New York Times]

Last week, all of New Mexico was in a drought – 93.5 percent of the state facing extreme of exceptional drought. [Albuquerque Business First]

Extreme heat is the most dangerous form of extreme weather in the U.S., with excessively hot nights posing the most threat. [Washington Post]

The death toll in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand could be anywhere between 800 and close to 10,000 following massive flooding. [Wall Street Journal]

Many Republican elected officials are seizing the opportunity to criticize Obama’s climate plan, hoping that taking a firm pro-coal and -oil stance will help their 2014 election bids. [New York Times, Star Tribune]

Washington State might soon be home to the region’s largest oil shipping terminal, and some residents aren’t happy about it. [Grist]

Headline of the day: “Oh, Canada: How America’s friendly northern neighbor became a rogue, reckless petrostate.” [Foreign Policy]

Bill McKibben will join hundreds of other activists in Alberta’s tar sands region to “pray for the healing of the land and the people.” [Guardian]

McDonald’s tried to make a joke about air pollution in an advertisement in Singapore, which did not go over well. [Daily Mail]

Two bulk oil carriers collided in Singapore, spilling 100 metric tons of fuel oil a few miles into Singapore Strait. [Bloomberg]

Major General Dana J.H. Pittard has helped cut Fort Bliss’ energy consumption 27 percent in one year, and is looking to expand the base’s renewable energy portfolio beyond the current 1 percent. [LA Times]

Over the last decade, bike commuting in America has jumped 47 percent, and 80 percent in bike-friendly communities. [Christian Science Monitor]

NASCAR has installed electric car charging stations outside its headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida. [Orlando Sentinel]

Apple will build a new solar energy farm to power its new data center in Reno, Nevada. [Reuters]

The Florida Keys look at the increasing rate of sea level rise: “”The rate’s doubled. It would be disingenuous and sloppy and irresponsible not to respond to it.” [AP]

40 Responses to July 2 News: Deadly Arizona Wildfire Still Zero Percent Contained As Region Bakes In Record Heat

  1. prokaryotes says:

    U.S. wildfires increasing because of Climate Change – Arizona Chief Firefighter says

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Angela Merkel ‘blocks’ EU plan on limiting emissions from new cars
    EC abandons vote on making cars more fuel efficient after intervention of German chancellor, supported by David Cameron

    Actions speak louder than words – it says that UK & Germany’s priorities to combat climate change are a joke.

  3. Superman1 says:

    “UK & Germany’s priorities to combat climate change are a joke.” And, this surprises you how?

  4. Doug Bostrom says:

    We live in interesting times, when newspaper articles about weather and climate appear in “politics” sections (see Washington Post item cited above).

    The relegation of facts to newspaper political sections is a diagnostic of how successful contrarians have been in their quest to “teach the controversy.”

  5. John Paily says:

    All environmentalist and All climate activist should take note of this point – Earth strives to conserve its energy to matter ratio. It has a dual and multiple world design. This is evident from day and night cycle; When one part of earth is in a day cycle where ratio favors energy, the other part of earth is in favor of matter. The system resist a unilateral direction towards heating or cooling. If you stand back to observe, we note that we humans have unilaterally and exponentially increased the heat of the environment since industrial era. The loss of greenery and intrusion in to the night cycle has further aggravated the situation. Unless we awaken to this reality and take steps to control the energy of the environment we are poised for huge destruction from Mother Earth.

  6. prokaryotes says:

    Well, there is the assumption or hope that things progress over time and in face of more devastating weather extremes (German/UK floods), that policy maker get the message.

    Apparently the “Auto” lobby in Germany is still delaying, greenwashing and preventing a transition to electric transport or better fuel efficiency. There are still no subsidies in Germany when buying electric cars.

    Energiewende laws btw were all introduced by the Green party not by the ruling majority in Germany.

    Though it is disappointing to see that nothing changes.

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Tesla Motors TSLA Stock Review 6/2/13

    I planed to buy stocks, but didn’t :)

  8. prokaryotes says:

    Oh no, and then the guy starts to talk about chemtrails… great

  9. prokaryotes says:

    National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Wallmann said powerful wind is forecast, with a worst-case scenario of 80 mph gusts. He also said possible weekend thunderstorms could complicate efforts, too.

  10. prokaryotes says:

    Energy Department

    STARTING SOON: Join us for a Twitter chat hosted by @Elecgen about #EVs at 3 pm ET today. Ask your Qs using #TEGchat

  11. prokaryotes says:

    Automobile Production Sets New Record in 2012

  12. prokaryotes says:

    Further highlights from the study:

    At present, individual automobile manufacturers in Europe are producing vehicles that emit from 126 to 161 g CO2/km while light vehicles purchased in the United States averaged emissions of 232 g CO2/km in 2012.
    Japan is the world’s largest market for hybrids, with Toyota alone selling 678,000 vehicles there in 2012, more than double the 316,000 in 2011.
    The overall market for lithium-ion batteries in light duty transportation is expected to grow from $1.6 billion in 2012 to $22 billion in 2020.
    China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States are currently the major lithium-ion battery manufacturers for hybrid and electric vehicle applications.

  13. mulp says:

    Fires burn up the West so conservatives blame Obama and Democrats and plan to defeat them in Congress and in 2014.

    Environmentalists blame Obama and Democrats and vow to defeat them in Congress and 2014.

    Obama is definitely a uniter.

  14. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    And nothing ever will, as long as the Right dominate, as long as capitalism persists and as long as greed rules all.

  15. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    It is also evidence of the MSM’s prime role as a propaganda system for the Masters.

  16. Mulga Mumblebrain says:


  17. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Yes. That’s all part of Plan Obama. The delivery of the Congress and White House back to the Reptilicans. Disillusion for the Hope Fiends and rabid enthusiasm for the Mad Hatters.

  18. Paul Magnus says:

    Taking full advantage of this change, the fossil fuel industry became deeply embedded in every aspect of the UN climate change process, using its inside role to effectively scuttle progress, like a fox setting up headquarters right inside the henhouse.

  19. prokaryotes says:

    Beautiful developing supercell in Haswell, Colorado this past weekend. Drove from Dallas, TX to Colorrado to meet up with my friends from Tempest to chase. This was amazing scene, one of my favorites from the trip! #clouds365 #stormchasing #colorado #microburst

  20. prokaryotes says:

    Tesla direct-sales petition hits 100,000 signatures

  21. Paul Magnus says:

    So far, Home Depot said it’s holding off on a decision to build a new hardware store in the heart of the oil patch.

  22. Richard L says:

    Regarding the NYT article on Repubs happy Obama is talking climate: it seems to me the 2014 elections may be greatly influenced by weather. As more citizens see wild weather, climate disruption should seem obvious. Of course there will still be Repub push back about man made, but that house of cards will fall as awareness grows. I hope awareness grows fast! Being on the right side of history has an inevitability about it.

  23. Leland Palmer says:

    Well, we hope so.

    But frightened people go into denial, and get anrgy. Anger energizes voters and breaks through apathy. Frightened people, desperate to hear from politicians that our whole way of life is not threatened, may end up supporting politicians that tell them exactly what they want to hear.

    I hope you are right, about the inevitability thing.

  24. Leif says:

    Cliff Mass Weather blog has a very disturbing report on the weather forecasting accuracy available to the doomed crew.

  25. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Is that a good sign, given the Senate’s (de)composition?