Wildfires

detwiler fire california july 20 2017

Detwiler Fire explodes in size, 29 structures destroyed, 1 500 threatened

A massive, fast-burning wildfire is raging west of Yosemite National Park in California, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The fire exploded in size on Wednesday, July 19 to 19 424 hectares (48 000 acres). It has so far scorched 19 424 hectares...

July 20, 2017

wildfires british columbia july 2017

300 000 hectares ablaze, more than 45 000 people evacuated, British Columbia

Massive wildfires burning in Canada's British Columbia have so far scorched 300 000 hectares (741 316 acres) of land and forced more than 45 000 people to evacuate, close to a record set in 2003 when 50 000 people were forced to evacuate. The state of emergency...

July 19, 2017

mount vesuvius on fire july 2017

Mount Vesuvius on fire, tourists and residents evacuated, Italy

Hundreds of tourists and residents living near Italy's Mount Vesuvius have been evacuated for the second time in a week as firefighters battle numerous separate blazes on the slopes of the volcano. The fires are believed to have been started by arsonists and are...

July 12, 2017

british columbia wildfires near 100 mile house

Unprecedented wildfires force evacuation of over 10 000 people in B.C., Canada

A province-wide state of emergency is in place in Canada's British Columbia since Friday, July 7, 2017, as widespread wildfires continue burning out of control across the province's southern and central parts. Officials are describing the situation as...

July 10, 2017

fires in africa may 2017

Steep drop in natural and human-caused fires worldwide

Researchers using NASA satellites to detect fires and burn scars from space have found that an ongoing transition from nomadic cultures to settled lifestyles and intensifying agriculture has led to a steep drop in the use of fire for land clearing and an overall...

June 30, 2017

brian head fire utah

Massive wildfire raging in Utah, 1 500 people evacuated

A massive wildfire is raging in southern Utah, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for at least 1 500 people. Since it started on June 17, the fire has rapidly spread to more than 17 000 hectares (42 000 acres), destroying on its way more than a dozen...

June 26, 2017

7Portugal forest fire june 18 2017

Portugal wildfire kills more than 62, most of them in cars

A catastrophic wildfire believed to be caused by a dry thunderstorm has killed more than 62 people near Pedrógão Grande, central Portugal early Sunday, June 18, 2017. Most of them died in cars while trying to escape, officials said. Local media said...

June 18, 2017

knysna fire south africa june 2017

'Mother of all storms' fuels Western Cape's largest and most destructive fire in recent memory

The worst winter storm to hit South Africa's drought-stricken province of Western Cape fueled a massive wildfire near the city of Knysna (population 77 000). The fire has so far destroyed at least 150 structures, caused deaths of 3 people and forced 10 000...

June 08, 2017

west mims fire may 9 2017

West Mims Fire in Georgia continues to grow, only 12% contained

A lightning-caused West Mims Fire is still burning, more than a month after it started on April 6, 2017, approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. As of May 10, the fire has consumed 140...

May 10, 2017

massive fire engulfs bubnovka siberia declares state of emergency

Massive wildfire engulfs Bubnovka, Siberia declares state of emergency

At least 59 houses burned to the ground as massive fire engulfed Bubnovka village in Russia's Irkutsk Region on April 28, 2017. Although the settlement is located on an island, rescuers managed to save all residents before it burned to the ground. Hundreds of...

April 29, 2017

sawmill fire arizona april 2017

Sawmill Fire in Arizona doubles in size, 20% contained

A massive wildfire is burning south of Tucson, Arizona, producing a ton of heat and its own weather. Named Sawmill Fire, it is one of Southern Arizona's largest wildfires in recent memory. The Sawmill Fire is burning on lands under the jurisdiction of the...

April 26, 2017

russian zheleznogorsk nuclear town on fire

Nuclear town Zheleznogorsk on fire, Russia

Massive wildfires are raging close to Zheleznogorsk, a closed town in Russia's Krasnoyarsk Krai with facilities for producing weapons-grade plutonium. The town, also known as Atom town and Iron city, is located 62 km (38 miles) northeast of regional capital...

April 25, 2017

orlando florida wildfire

Florida wildfire outbreak: Governor declares a state of emergency

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency today, April 11, 2017, following the recent wildfires across the state and the high potential for increased wildfires to continue this year. 2017 is already the most active season since 2011. In a statement...

April 11, 2017

rankin ranch road fire texas march 2017

Rankin Ranch Road Fire fire burns 60 000 acres, Texas

A fast-moving Rankin Ranch Road Fire is burning in the far northeastern Texas panhandle since 14:30 local time on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Texas A&M Forest Service said Friday afternoon the fire is 50% contained. The fire burned 40 000 acres (16 200 hectares)...

March 24, 2017

sunshine fire aerial march 19 2017 boulder colorado

Thousands evacuated as wildfire threatens Boulder, Colorado

A wildfire broke out early Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, near Boulder, Colorado prompting officials to order the evacuation of thousands of people. The fire, named Sunshine Fire, was 50% contained by the end of the day. According to the Boulder County...

March 20, 2017

texas wildfire march 7 2017

Large and deadly wildfires strike Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado

At least four people have died in Texas Panhandle where wildfires scorched more than 130 000 hectares (320 000 acres) and prompted mandatory evacuations. Large grass fires are also affecting Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma, some of which are also forcing evacuations....

March 07, 2017

christchurch new zealand wildfire february 15 2017

Wildfires threaten New Zealand’s Christchurch

A state of emergency has been declared in New Zealand's Christchurch as wildfires threatened its suburbs on February 15, 2017, forcing up to 1 000 people to evacuate. As of early UTC morning, at least one person has been killed and 5 homes destroyed....

February 15, 2017