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Death toll jumps to 15 as record wildfires continue raging in California, Oregon, and Washington, U.S.

At least 15 people have been killed in record-breaking wildfires burning through the western U.S. as of Friday, September 11, 2020, with California, Oregon, and Washington bearing the brunt of the blazes. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC),...

September 11, 2020

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500 000 forced to evacuate as massive wildfires rage through Oregon, U.S.

The number of people forced to evacuate their homes in Oregon rose to an estimated 500 000 by Friday, September 11, 2020. This is more than 10% of the state's 4.2 million people and the number keeps growing. The fires have so far consumed a record 364 000 ha...

September 11, 2020

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'Unprecedented' wildfires force evacuations and emergency responses throughout Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a wildfire emergency on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, after raging wildfires forced evacuations and burned through at least two towns. State officials said they've never seen conditions so conducive to destructive fires. This is...

September 09, 2020

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2 million acres burned by wildfires in California, surpassing all-time record set in 2018

This season's wildfires in California, U.S. have burned more than 809 000 ha (2 million acres) of land by September 7, 2020, surpassing the all-time record of 793 180 ha (1.96 million acres) set in 2018. Cal Fire began tracking the numbers in 1987. "We...

September 08, 2020

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Explosive fire activity in California - at least 5 people killed, more than 690 000 acres scorched and 770 structures destroyed

At least 5 people have been killed and more than 30 injured as destructive wildfires continue burning across California. More than 770 structures were destroyed, nearly 283 279 ha (700 000 acres) of land scorched, more than 60 000 people evacuated and 100 000 more...

August 21, 2020

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Pine Gulch Fire in Colorado remapped to 121 781 acres, the second-largest in history of the state

A wildfire caused by lightning on July 31, 2020, about 29 km (18 miles) north of Grand Junction, Colorado has spread to 49 283 ha (121 781 acres) by August 20, 2020. Since rapid spread on August 19, this is the second-largest wildfire in the state's history....

August 20, 2020

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Wildfires force new evacuations, threaten thousands of structures as California declares state of emergency

The Governor of California Gavin Newsom declared a statewide state of emergency on August 18, 2020, as a result of the ongoing wildfires and heatwave affecting the state. As of early August 20, more than 400 wildfires are burning across the state. An 'Extreme...

August 20, 2020

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First-ever fire tornado warning issued by the NWS, California

A fire tornado produced by the Loyalton Fire in Northern California forced the National Weather Service to issue its first-ever fire tornado warning on Saturday, August 15, 2020. At least five tornado-strength/scale vortices are likely to have occurred within just 2...

August 17, 2020

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Lake Fire explodes to more than 4 450 ha (11 000 acres) in just 2 days, California

A wildfire sparked at the Angeles National Forest in California at around 22:38 UTC (15:38 LT) on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, has spread to 4 450 ha (11 000 acres) by 22:45 UTC on August 13 and is only 5 percent contained. The fire is located near Lake Hughes Road...

August 14, 2020

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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