WF-20170722-59123-USA – Forest / Wild Fire – USA – North-America

A large wildfire is burning amid the grass and sagebrush of the military's Yakima Training Center in Washington state. The fire grew to 50 square miles Friday morning but was not threatening any structures. Fire spokesman Rick Acosta said the fire is being driven by winds through steep, rugged terrain. About 200 firefighters and several helicopters are battling the blaze. The fire is about 15 miles east of Interstate 82 on the sprawling military training range. Acosta said it started Wednesday, and the cause is under investigation.

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WF-20170722-59123-USA – Forest / Wild Fire – USA – North-America

A large wildfire is burning amid the grass and sagebrush of the military's Yakima Training Center in Washington state. The fire grew to 50 square miles Friday morning but was not threatening any structures. Fire spokesman Rick Acosta said the fire is being driven by winds through steep, rugged terrain. About 200 firefighters and several helicopters are battling the blaze. The fire is about 15 miles east of Interstate 82 on the sprawling military training range. Acosta said it started Wednesday, and the cause is under investigation.

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BH-20170722-59122-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America

Health officials on Friday reported the first case of West Nile illness this year in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. The virus spread by mosquito bites infected a 70-year-old Manteca man, said Dr. Alvaro Garza, public health officer for San Joaquin County. Cases also have been reported in Kern and Kings counties in the southern San Joaquin Valley and in Southern California. Few details were released about the Manteca resident who was infected. According to a state website, the West Nile virus has been detected in mosquito samples in Stanislaus County. Valley residents are advised to take ...

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TO-20170722-59121-CAN – Tornado – Canada – North-America

A tornado touched down south of Leroy, Sask., and at least one other tornado was reported in the province's east-central area Friday afternoon. Photos from a CTV viewer showed one tornado touching the ground south of Leroy at about 4 p.m., and according to Environment Canada, other reports indicated one touched down near Chorney Beach, about 100 kilometres east of Leroy. The touchdowns occurred as Environment Canada had tornado warnings out for the Humboldt area - which includes Leroy and Chorney Beach - as well as the Moosomin region in the province's southeast corner. "This is a dangerous ...

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LS-20170722-59120-USA – Landslide – USA – North-America

Officials in La Crosse say it could take weeks to fix a giant sinkhole that developed as a result of this week's storms. The hole measuring 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep developed at 23rd Street and Park Drive in La Crosse near Myrick Park. City officials say what they think happened was enough water built up in the intersection to spill over the curb causing enough erosion to break apart the water main. "I've never seen anything like this. I think if you talk to the long-term people with the city that have been out on emergencies, this is something that you really in your dreams the ones you ...

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CID-20170722-59119-CAN – Critical Infrastructure Disruption – Canada – North-America

A thunderstorm rolled across P.E.I. Friday evening knocking out power of 20,000 customers during the height of the storm. Kim Griffin, spokeswoman for Maritime Electric, said the calls started pouring in as the storm hit Charlottetown and moved east. "At this point the full assessment isn't in, we basically know it was a result of the storm," said Griffin in an interview Friday at 10:45 p.m. Griffin said they had a number of reports of trees that had been hit and had come down on lines. The "severe thunderstorm" brought thunder, lightning, wind and heavy rain. The thunderstorm watch by ...

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FL-20170722-59118-NZL – Flood – New Zealand – Australia – New-Zealand

The southern New Zealand city of Christchurch has declared a state of emergency amid a severe storm that has already resulted in hundreds of homes evacuated across the nation, highways cut and soldiers called in to help provide emergency services. The New Zealand Defence Force mobilised additional troops overnight to help rescue those trapped by rising floods. Christchurch declared a state of emergency after the Heathcote River burst its banks and flooded southern parts of the city on Saturday morning, becoming the fourth area to do so after the storm lashed the South Island during the past ...

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WF-20170722-59117-USA – Forest / Wild Fire – USA – North-America

Firefighters say they have the upper hand on a forest fire that began Thursday night in Burlington County. Thick smoke rose from the blaze late into the night, as 50 firefighters and 10 engines have been combating the flames since last night. Flames have consumed 2000 acres of Wharton State Forest in Washington Township. Conditions have been brutal for those working the fire lines. "It's been extremely hot," said Samuel Moore III. Yesterday when we were doing the backfires and the fire operations, the temperature indicator on the truck said 107 degrees." The fire is remote, so it's not a ...

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VI-20170722-59116-USA – Vehicle Accident – USA – North-America

A helicopter crash-landed on a residential street in Sherman Oaks on Friday without hitting any homes or people on the ground, and all aboard - three adults and a 16-year-old girl - walked away with only minor injuries, authorities said. The chopper, a Robinson R44II owned by a Van-Nuys based company that offers aerial tours and charter services, made a "hard landing" just after noon in the 15000 block of Valleyheart Drive, said Battalion Chief Daniel Curry of the Los Angeles Fire Department. "This was ultimately a good day," Curry said. "It looks like the pilot performed with skill to avoid ...

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EH-20170721-59115-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America

The bacteria that causes the disease, Yersina pestis, was found in fleas collected from prairie dog burrows earlier this month. The burrows are located on the south side of Highway 61, on ranch land in Concho. The disease caused a die-off in several prairie dog colonies in the area. Marilyn Mineer was the first to notice there was something wrong with the prairie dogs. "I watch prairie dogs from my porch when I drink my coffee in the morning," Mineer said, noting that she can also see their burrows from other locations on her property. In late June and early July, Mineer noticed the burrows ...

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