Wildfires

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Wildfires raging 'out of control' across Parana delta wetland, Argentina

The Parana River in Argentina -- South America's second-biggest river after the Amazon and the eighth longest in the world -- is at its lowest level in decades this year, allowing multiple forest fires to spread through its delta. NASA's Operational Land...

August 05, 2020

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Major wildfire spreads in Southern California, more than 8 000 people urged to evacuate

A major wildfire emerged in Cherry Valley, Southern California, on Friday evening, July 31, 2020, prompting evacuation orders for more than 8 000 people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The blaze, called the Apple Fire, has spread to 10 860 ha (26 850...

August 04, 2020

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19 million ha (47 million acres) of land scorched as wildfires continue to rage in Siberia

Major cities in Russia are covered in haze and smoke as mega wildfires continue to rage through Siberia. According to satellite monitoring data, fires have torched 19 million ha (47 million acres) of the area since the beginning of 2020-- an area bigger than Greece....

July 20, 2020

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Large wildfire destroys 110 homes in Luhansk, leaves 4 people dead and 22 injured, Ukraine

A large forest fire broke out in Ukraine's Luhansk region on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, killing at least four people and destroying 110 residential properties. The fire was placed under control on Wednesday morning, July 8, with regional authorities pointing arson...

July 08, 2020

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Wildfires in Siberia increase five-fold amid unprecedented heatwave

Wildfires in Siberia have grown five-fold over the past week amid an unprecedented heatwave, according to Russia's forest fire aerial protection service. This came after the town of Verkhoyansk hit 38 °C (100.4 °F), marking the hottest-ever temperature...

July 01, 2020

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Thousands flee as wildfire continues to rage in Florida Panhandle, U.S.

Around 1 600 people were forced to evacuate as Five Mile Swamp Fire continues to rage in the Florida Panhandle. As of Friday morning, May 8, 2020, the fire covered 882 ha (2 180 acres) of land and was 35 percent contained, according to Florida Forest Service (FFS)...

May 08, 2020

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Assessment of the possible radiological impacts caused by wildfires around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine

On April 15, 2020, French national public expert in nuclear and radiological risks -- Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) -- issued a new information report which provides an assessment of the possible radiological impacts for the...

April 16, 2020

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Wildfires continue raging in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, ignite fear of radiation spike, Ukraine

Forest wildfires within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine continue raging in the contaminated areas on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. While Ukrainian authorities said one fire burning in the zone was put under control and there are no threats of radiation, some...

April 14, 2020

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Wildfires burning within Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Wildfires fueled by strong winds are burning within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in northern Ukraine since April 4, 2020. Radiation levels near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor have reportedly spiked to well above normal as the fires tore through the irradiated...

April 10, 2020

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Massive forest fire breaks out in Sichuan, at least 19 dead, China

A huge forest fire broke out in southwestern China's Sichuan province at 07:51 UTC (15:51 LT) on Monday, March 30, 2020. As of Tuesday, March 31, authorities confirmed 19 fatalities, including 18 firefighters and one farmer guide. The blaze has spread across 1...

March 31, 2020

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Amazon's 2019 burned area trends similar to past 18 years

A detailed study using information from the European Space Agency's (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) revealed that while there was a small increase of fires in the Amazon in 2019 compared to 2018; the blazes parallel the average yearly number over the...

March 09, 2020

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Wild weather hit parts of Australia as bushfires destroy more homes in NSW

Wild weather continues across large parts of southeast Australia as strong winds and thunderstorms hit bushfire-stricken New South Wales and Victoria beginning January 31, 2020. Rains are also forecast across southern Queensland in the following days. Strong storms...

February 03, 2020

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Rain dampens fire-hit parts of NSW and Victoria, Australia

Rain fell across parts of New South Wales and Victoria in Australia on Wednesday and Thursday, January 15 and 16, 2020, where dozens of bushfires continue to rage. Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms caused flooding in Melbourne, resulting in a large sinkhole. NWS's...

January 16, 2020

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240 000 urged to flee Victoria as scorching temperatures and erratic winds worsen bushfires, Australia

Australian authorities urged 240 000 people to evacuate Victoria on Friday, January 10, 2020, as blazing temperatures and erratic winds fan massive bushfires. As of January 8, the fires have raged through 10.7 million ha (26 million acres) of land, destroyed over 5...

January 10, 2020

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Wildfires claim 22 lives, destroy 2 500 buildings and scorch 5.9 million ha (15 million acres) -- extreme fire weather warning, Australia

Bushfires in Australia have killed at least 22 people since August 2019 and destroyed more than 2 500 buildings, including over 1 400 homes. In addition, 28 people are still missing in the state of Victoria. Half a billion animals have been killed, including a third...

January 03, 2020

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A number of fires sparked by dry lightning in East Gippsland, Australia

Vic Emergency is reporting more than 10 fires are burning in East Gippsland on December 30, 2019, including three large fires that have been burning for more than a month. Communities in the area could be impacted today by a fire front, spot fires and ember attacks...

December 30, 2019

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'Get out now!' - More than 30 000 people forced to evacuate East Gippsland due to extreme fire danger, Australia

Authorities of the Australian state of Victoria have ordered more than 30 000 residents and tourists in East Gippsland to leave the region immediately as bushfires have reached an extreme danger level. Dangerous fire conditions are expected across the state today...

December 29, 2019