Tar sands production in Canada pretty much shut down by Fort McMurray wildfire

Flames rise in area south of Fort McMurray, Alberta May 3, 2016.  [Reuters]

Almost all of Canada's tar sands production has been shut down by a raging wildfire in Alberta's Fort McMurray region.

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Mirrored headboard becomes 'big magnifying glass' and burns down home carport

A mirrored headboard started a carport fire in Fresno, fire officials said. (Fresno FD)

In what the Los Angeles Times reports was a 'freak event' at a Fresno home last Sunday, sunlight bouncing off of a mirrored headboard discarded in the back of a home magnified the sun's rays and started a fire that burned down the family carport.

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Tourist photo attraction likely set on fire by tourist photographer

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A beached boat in Inverness has been the subject of many, many, many a photographer's afternoon. If the sky and reflections off the water near the Point Reyes were right, you could expect to find quite a few folks trying to get the shot. Seems someone tried a little too hard.

Apparently a photographer working to capture the boat in a shower of sparks set it on fire.

PetaPixel has the story.

Fire Chief Jim Fox tells the Marin Independent Journal that someone had called to clear their name of the blaze, and that it’s likely that no further action will be taken to identify the culprit.

“We won’t investigate something when there’s no evidence of a crime or actual damage,” Fox says. “This was already a derelict vessel. I don’t know how you can damage something that’s already broken.

Here is my less destructive rendition from 2006 or 2007.

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Hoverboard catches fire during unboxing video

This fellow made an unboxing video about his new hoverboard and it apparently caught fire before he even had a chance to try it out.

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Aleister Crowley and Jimmy Page's former home gutted in blaze

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Boleskine House, the infamous Loch Ness estate previously owned by occultist Aleister Crowley and later Led Zeppelin guitarist (and Crowley enthusiast) Jimmy Page, was mostly destroyed in a fire last week. The 18th century residence was a second home for a Dutch family who apparently were out shopping when the fire began, likely in the kitchen. They had purchased the property several years ago from Annette MacGillivray who had bought it from Page and then renovated it.

“When we bought it, it was a hovel, just a shell," MacGillivray told The Press and Journal. "We spent a lot of money, stripping it back to the bare walls and re-roofing it. It had four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a huge drawing room, dining room, library and various smaller rooms. It is unlikely it will ever be rebuilt unless there is someone out there with an interest in the occult wanting to spend a lot of money.”

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Watch this fellow launch his flaming truck into a lake

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Note that he holds his nose before splashing into the water. Read the rest

Watch this insane video of burning bourbon turn into a fire tornado

The Weather Channel posted this incredible video of a "firenado" that erupted from a pond coated in 800,000 gallons of bourbon after lightning struck a Jim Beam warehouse in Bardstown, Kentucky in 2003. (Weather.com)

More about the fire in this 2003 AP article.

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WATCH: Flamethrower + trombone = Pyro-Trombone

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Pyro-Trombonist Valentin Guérin performs Arthur Pryor's Fantastic Polka, accompanied on piano by Valérie Guérin-Descouturelle. Wonder how they lit the candelabra? Read the rest

Watch 6,000 match heads ignite in super-slow motion

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Match Head Bomb video: 6000 matches in a blender, shot at at 2500fps

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The Slow Mo guys are back at it with an amazing, totally unsafe, possibly illegal homemade pyrotechnics display. Read the rest

Crowdfunding Battle Blimps: "Small, open-source, RC blimps + hydrogen + red poker tips"

Eric writes, "Battle Blimps are: Small, open-source, RC blimps + hydrogen + red poker tips = SENDING YOUR FRIENDS DOWN IN FLAMES." Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Little Inferno

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Sometimes you just want the world to burn, especially when it's ending. In Little Inferno, a wintry apocalypse has engulfed the Earth, and you're sitting by a fireplace throwing everything in the flames.

HOWTO make a flaming uke inspired by Max Max's Doof Warrior

Make editor Caleb Kraft shows you how to build an "incredibly dangerous" flame-shooting ukulele for your Mad Max Fury Road LARPing adventures, inspired by the Doof Warrior bungee-lashed flaming guitar-playing character. Read the rest

Easy to use, camping and emergency fire starter

I am a huge fan of this Gerber survival series fire starter. It is cheap, rugged and easy to use.

After nearly 30 years of camping use, a block of magnesium I used as a fire starter wore away to nothing. They still sell the same tiny blocks of alloy, but I wanted to try something new. Maybe I felt in a rut. This Gerber Bear Grylls tool is a welcome replacement. Well sized to fit both my hands, the striker is easy to scrape down the rod and throw off some good sized, hot and long burning sparks. Snapping the two together results in an o-ring sealed tube with space for tinder. Gerber recommends jamming some cotton balls in there, I can fit 5 or 6 but also carry a few sticks of fat wood with me on every camping trip. Fat wood always works.

This is a simple, well thought out tool that easily fits in my backpack or sidebags on the bike. I'm looking forwards to decades of easy use.

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Painting with fire

Artist Steve Pazuk uses a flame to "paint" shadows on paper and then manipulates the soot with various tools to produce marvelous dreamlike imagery.

This in-the-moment creative practice coupled with the fluidity of the soot, creates a torrent of images, shadows and light. Fuelled by the quest of a perfect shape that has yet to materialize, he concentrate in a meditative act and surrender to capture the immediacy of the moment on canvas.
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A very brief history of pier fires in England

These monuments to Victorian decrepitude dot the shores of England. They go up in smoke with alarming regularity, writes Rob Beschizza.

Glass doorknob causes fire

A glass doorknob acted as a magnifying glass, focusing sunlight into a burning beam that torched some clothing and set fire to a bedroom in a south London home.

"The focal length from the window was just the right distance and it became the same principle as when you try to set fire to paper with a magnifying glass when you are a child," The London Fire Brigade's Charlie Pugsley told The Telegraph.

Apparently, a crystal ball and a mirror are to blame for similar fires in London this year. Read the rest

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