Wildfires

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Caldor Fire - Entire South Lake Tahoe under evacuation order, California

The entire South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, California is under an evacuation order on Monday, August 30, 2021, due to the rapidly spreading Caldor Fire. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the eastern Sierra and western Nevada through September 1. Authorities...

August 30, 2021

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Italy battles hundreds of wildfires, death toll rises to 5

More than 500 wildfires are burning across Italy on Thursday, August 13, 2021, prompting large-scale firefighting operations. Three more fatalities were confirmed on August 12 -- two in Calabria and one in Sicily, bringing the death toll since last week to 5....

August 13, 2021

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Destructive wildfires leave at least 65 dead in northern Algeria

Algerian authorities are reporting at least 65 lives were lost in wildfires raging through the mountainous region in the country's north over the past couple of days. ​As many as 50 fires broke out in a short period of time and spread rapidly due to high...

August 12, 2021

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Dixie Fire destroys 893 structures, threatens 16 000 more, California

The massive Dixi Fire burning in Northern California since July 13, 2021, has destroyed 893 structures, damaged another 61 and threatens 16 000 more. At 198 378 hectares (490 205 acres) as of August 10, Dixie Fire is the second-largest fire in California history.1...

August 11, 2021

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Thousands forced to evacuate as massive wildfire spreads through Greek island of Evia

A massive wildfire burning in the northern part of the island of Evia, Greece since August 3, 2021, has forced more than 2 500 people to evacuate their homes. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed but the full extent of the damage caused by the fire burning for 7...

August 09, 2021

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California wildfires - Dixie and River Fire updates

The River Fire in northern California exploded in size on August 4, 2021, as it burned through the Nevada and Placer counties, triggering multiple evacuations. The fire has so far scorched 566 ha (1 400 acres) of land and is 0% contained. On the same day, the Dixie...

August 05, 2021

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Dixie Fire enters Greenville, leveling businesses and homes, California

A huge wildfire raging in northern California entered the small community of Greenville on August 4, 2021, leveling down homes and businesses. The fire has leveled much of the downtown and some surrounding homes, AP reports. Their photographer described seeing a gas...

August 05, 2021

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Wildfires reach outskirts of Athens, seriously damage or destroy more than 100 homes, Greece

Severe heatwave affecting Greece and neighboring countries over the past 7 days sparked numerous wildfires, including near capital Athens where more than 500 people were forced to evacuate on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. More than 500 firefighters battled the flames on...

August 04, 2021

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Raging wildfires force more than 10 000 people to evacuate, claim 8 lives in southern Turkey

At least 8 people have been killed and more than 10 000 forced to evacuate as raging wildfires spread through parts of southern Turkey over the past 7 days. Authorities said this is the country's worst fire crisis in a decade. Over the past 7 days, 132 wildfires...

August 03, 2021

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Area under wildfires in Yakutia reaches 3.6 million ha (8.9 million acres), Russia

The current area under the wildfires in Russia's Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is reported to be 3.6 million ha (8.9 million acres). The fire season in the region started in early May. As of Monday, August 2, there are 156 wildfires in the republic. Earlier today in...

August 02, 2021

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Wildfires destroy entire villages, death toll rises to 4, Turkey

Wildfires that started in southern Turkey on Wednesday and Thursday, July 28 and 29, 2021, have devastated entire villages, claimed at least 4 lives, and forced the evacuation of hotels and dozens of villages. More than 70 wildfires broke out on Turkey's Aegean...

July 31, 2021

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Thousands of animals perish, 1 500 people evacuate as massive wildfires ravage Sardinia, Italy

1 500 people have been forced to evacuate parts of south-western Sardinia, Italy after devastating wildfires fueled by strong and hot winds rapidly spread through parts of the island over the weekend, July 24 and 25, 2021. Regional governor described the wildfires...

July 27, 2021

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Wildfires consume 2.5 million ha (6.2 million acres) of forests in Yakutia, Russia

According to statistics released by the Russian Ministry of Emergency on July 20, the 2021 wildfires in Yakutia (Republic of Sakha) -- the largest and coldest republic of the Russian Federation -- have so far consumed 2.5 million hectares (6.2 million acres) of...

July 20, 2021

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67 large wildfires burning across the United States

More than 14 000 firefighters and support personnel are battling 67 large wildfires raging across the United States. An undermined number of homes have been lost and thousands more are threatened. 67 large fires have so far burned more than 371 000 ha (917 000...

July 14, 2021

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Cyprus' worst wildfire on record under control

A wildfire that started in Cyprus on Saturday afternoon (LT), July 3, 2021, rapidly grew over the weekend and turned into the island's worst wildfire since 1960 when the Republic of Cyprus was established. At least 4 people have been killed and dozens of homes...

July 06, 2021

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Lytton village wiped out by wildfires amid record-breaking heat wave, Canada

The Canadian village of Lytton, which set an all-time national heat record this week, has been engulfed by fast-moving wildfires, officials said Thursday, July 1, 2021. Mayor Jan Polderman said the whole place is on fire, adding that two people were reported dead....

July 02, 2021

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Hundreds ordered to evacuate as 2 large wildfires rage in Arizona, U.S.

Two large wildfires are raging in Arizona, U.S., over the past couple of days, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. The first one, Telegraph Fire, has so far spread through 16 636 ha (41 109 acres) and the other -- Mescal Fire, 20 084 ha (49 631 acres) as of...

June 07, 2021