Wildfires

Loma Fire: Growing wildfire in Santa Cruz mountains threatens 300 homes, California

Santa Clara County residents living near the Loma Fire in Santa Cruz mountains, California have been ordered to evacuate yesterday after a dangerous wildfire broke out on September 26, 2016. Firefighters from throughout California are aggressively fighting the fire...

September 28, 2016

Major fire event in Peruvian Amazon threatens natives and wildlife

A major fire event is threatening natives and wildlife in the central Amazon region of Peru. According to the National Civil Defense Institute, the fire broke out on September 10 in an indigenous community called Pitsiquia, in the heart of Peruvian Amazon, and is...

September 22, 2016

Javea fire: Dangerous wildfire near Spain's Valencia forces thousands to evacuate

A dangerous wildfire is raging on Spain's Costa Blanca, some 120 km (75 miles) southeast of Valencia, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. It is believed to be started deliberately, on one of the hottest days of the year. The fire started on Sunday,...

September 05, 2016

Bluecut Fire: Rapidly spreading wildfire forces 82 000 to evacuate, California

The Bluecut Fire in California's San Bernardino National Forest was first reported at 17:36 UTC on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. The fire has rapidly spread to over 30 000 acres (12 140 hectares / 121.4 km2) by 15:00 UTC on Wednesday, August 17. More than 80 000...

August 17, 2016

Massive wildfires in Portugal claim 4 lives, worst fire in years hits southern France

Wildfires that started on the Portuguese island of Madeira, off the northwest coast of Africa, on Monday, August 8, 2016, have spread dramatically during the next 24 hours and approached Madeira's capital, home to some 112 000 people, on Tuesday, August 9. By...

August 11, 2016

Sand Fire: Major California wildfire explodes over the weekend

A wildfire that started on July 22 in the mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley, Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, California has exploded over the weekend, scorching more than 13 300 hectares (33 000 acres) by early morning UTC on July 25, 2016....

July 25, 2016

Thunderstorms spark new wildfires in southeastern Siberia, Russia

Large wildfires are raging in Russia's Krasnoyarsk province since June 28, 2016. Most of them were sparked by recent thunderstorms, the initial investigation revealed. Satellite observations also confirm new wildfires near Lake Baikal, Irkutsk province. As of...

June 30, 2016

Erskine fire California's most destructive this year, fire potential expanding to Sierras and central coast

The "Erskine fire" started on June 23, 2016, northeast of Bakersfield, California due to a yet-unknown cause. By June 27th, it grew into the state's largest and most destructive wildfire this year. As the summer progresses, above-normal fire potential...

June 28, 2016

Intense US heat wave breaks temperature records, sparks violent wildfires

A record-breaking heat wave wrapped large portion of the US Southwest and parts of California over the last couple of days. Numerous new temperature records have been set in San Diego County alone while the hot and dry conditions fueled spreading of several...

June 21, 2016

California's Sherpa Fire almost triples in size overnight, state of emergency declared

More than 1 200 firefighters are battling the so-called Sherpa Fire in California's Santa Barbara County after it almost tripled in size overnight Friday, June 17, to more than 4 000 acres. As of mid-Friday, the fire was only 5% contained; one outbuilding has...

June 17, 2016

Fast-moving wildfire prompts emergency evacuations in New Mexico

A fast-moving wildfire which started in the Manzano Mountains on June 14, 2016, prompted Susana Martinez, the New Mexico Governor to declare a state of emergency on June 15, as the emergency services were unable to contain the fire. The cause of the fire is still...

June 16, 2016

Record-breaking heat wave sparks fires across Israel

A fierce heatwave accompanied by strong and dusty winds is spreading across Israel. According to media reports, more than 370 people were treated for heat-related conditions, including fainting, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke on May 14 and 15, 2016. Eilat in the...

May 16, 2016

Extreme fire event in Fort McMurray continues unabated, Canada

The massive wildfire in the Canadian province of Alberta that entered city limits of Fort McMurray late Tuesday, May 3, and caused mandatory evacuation of the entire city continues to grow in size. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Fort McMurray, Anzac,...

May 06, 2016

Massive wildfire forces mandatory evacuation of the entire city of Fort McMurray, Canada

The entire population of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray (60 000), Alberta is under mandatory evacuation order amid massive uncontrolled wildfire that entered the city. In the biggest evacuation order in the history of Alberta, the officials appealed for military...

May 04, 2016

Out of control fireball blasts burn the small town to the ground, Australia

A catastrophic "tumbling wave" of wildfire devastated a small town in southwest Australia and burned over 58 000 hectares of bushland on the evening of January 7, 2016 (local time). Residents were evacuated and several firefighters sustained injuries while...

January 08, 2016

Severe heatwave conditions spark fires across southern Australia

Severe to extreme heat conditions have wrapped southern Australia as a hot air mass settled across the region since December 17, 2015. A number of fires have wreaked havoc across the affected areas and firefighters struggle to contain them. Extremely hot conditions...

December 20, 2015

Wildfire raging across Bastrop County, Texas, state of emergency declared

Dry and hot weather conditions which have been prevailing across the US Plains for a few months, have combined with strong winds and record October heat to trigger strong wildfires over the last couple of days. In response to the situation, Texas Governor Greg...

October 16, 2015