Wildfires

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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

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Over 200 homes destroyed as wildfires sweep through Valparaiso, Chile

More than 200 homes were destroyed after forest fires swept through the city of Valparaiso, Chile on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019, leaving around 700 people homeless. The blaze in the low-income area of the Chilean seaside city continued through Christmas Day,...

December 27, 2019

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Australia on fire: 9 people killed, more than 800 homes destroyed, nearly 100 fires in NSW and hotspots in every state

Nearly 100 bushfires are raging across New South Wales Australia as of December 23, 2019, at 12:00 UTC (23:00 LT), with hotspots in every state-- a fire tracker map maintained by Western Australia researchers show that blazes are also threatening areas around every...

December 23, 2019

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Two firefighters die battling blaze near Sydney, Australia

Two Australian firefighters were killed and three others were injured while battling out-of-control blazes southwest of Sydney late Thursday, December 19, 2019, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service confirmed. The firemen's truck crashed into a tree then rolled...

December 20, 2019

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Firefighters conduct back burning ahead of aggravating weather in New South Wales, Australia

Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperature prior to the worsening weather forecast next week by conducting critical backburning across New South Wales, Australia, where blazes are still burning across over 2.2 million ha (5.4 million acres) on Friday,...

December 14, 2019

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Sydney chokes in smoke as Australia bushfires intensify, current period of poor air quality the 'longest' and 'most widespread' in the state's history

The air quality in Sydney, Australia continued to worsen on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, as roughly 100 bushfires burned in New South Wales (NSW) and strong north winds brought further smoke into the city. The haze was so thick in some areas that it was 11 times more...

December 11, 2019