Articles tagged "wildfires"

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California fires: 8 killed, 880+ structures destroyed and more than 37 000 people evacuated

California Governor Jerry Brown issued emergency proclamations for Riverside, Mariposa, Shasta, Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties over the past couple of days after raging wildfires claimed lives of 8 people, forced more than 37 000 to evacuate and destroyed...

July 30, 2018

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At least 80 killed as major wildfires destroy hundreds of homes and vehicles in Attica, Greece

Hundreds of homes and vehicles have been destroyed and at least 80 people died in Attica region following a number of devastating wildfires that ignited near Athens, Greece on Monday, July 23, 2018. Regional Governor Rena Dourou declared a state of emergency for...

July 24, 2018

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Historic wildfire outbreak hits Sweden amid record-breaking heat

Scandinavia is experiencing exceptionally warm temperatures, over 11 °C (20 °F) above average, for more than a month. Above-average temperatures combined with drought, lightning, and human negligence to cause what Swedish authorities are describing as the...

July 19, 2018

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Arizona governor declares state of emergency as Tinder Fire chars over 11 000 acres

In response to a growing Tinder Fire in the Coconino National Forest near Payson, Arizona, governor Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency. The fire broke out around 18:25 UTC (11:45 local time) on April 27, according to InciWeb and is still zero percent...

May 02, 2018

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Rhea Fire: Deadly Oklahoma wildfire has now consumed over 100 000 ha (246 000 acres)

The Rhea Fire that started on April 12, 2018 in Western Oklahoma grew quickly with Red Flag fire weather conditions and has now consumed over 100 000 hectares (246 000 acres). The fire is blamed for the death of 1 person so far. This fire is located in Dewey County,...

April 17, 2018

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Fast-moving wildfire wipes out 69 homes in Tathra, Australia

A fast-moving wildfire engulfed Tathra, a small seaside town with a population of 1 622 located on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia late March 18, 2018, destroying at least 69 homes and damaging 39. According to NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), the fire...

March 19, 2018

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Roads melting, bushfires destroy buildings as heatwave hits Australia

A short, sharp burst of very hot desert air hit South Australia and the southeastern States on Friday and Saturday, January 5 and 6, 2018, pushing temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) and forcing authorities to issue total fire bans and health advisories....

January 06, 2018

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Thomas Fire grows to largest in California history

At 273 400 acres (110 641 ha) on Saturday, December 23, 2017, the Thomas Fire has become the largest wildfire in the history of California. So far, it destroyed 1 063, damaged 280 and still threatens 18 000 structures. It is now 65% contained and the estimated...

December 23, 2017

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Thomas Fire burned 242 500 acres, destroyed 751 structures and is just 30% contained

The Thomas Fire in California is burning for 11 days and is 30% contained as of December 14, 2017. The fire has so far burned 242 500 acres, making it the fourth largest fire in California's history. Its cause is still under investigation. The Thomas Fire broke...

December 14, 2017

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Worst wildfires in California history: 32 dead, 3 500 structures destroyed

Massive wildfires fanned by strong winds that ignited in Northern California on Sunday, October 8, 2017 are now the worst the state has seen in its history. As of early October 10, at least 11 people have been killed, more than 100 are believed to be missing and...

October 10, 2017

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Wildfires raging in Portugal again, at least one person dead

After hottest September in 87 years and temperatures between 32 to 36 °C (89.6 to 96.8 °F) into October, a series of wildfires are again raging in Portugal. At least one person was killed. As of October 9, a total of nine fires are active in the northern...

October 10, 2017

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Massive fires in California destroy hundreds of homes, force mass evacuations

​Massive wildfires burning out of control in California since Sunday, October 8, 2017, have destroyed hundreds of homes, caused widespread power outages, forced mass evacuations and shut down major roadways overnight. The series of fires began to ignite Sunday...

October 09, 2017

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Canyon Fire rapidly grows to 2 500 acres, 500 homes evacuated, California

The Canyon Fire was reported on September 25, 2017 at 20:02 UTC (13:02 PDT) 8 km (5 miles) southwest of the city of Corona, Los Angeles County, California along highway 91 in Coal Canyon. Steep and rugged terrain, critically dry fuels and high heat enabled the rapid...

September 27, 2017

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Lolo Peak fire grows to 32 328 acres, burns two homes, kills one - Montana

The Lolo Peak fire in Montana has burned 13 082 hectares (32 328 acres) of land since a lightning started it on July 15, 2017. As of August 22, the fire is just 14% contained, it burned two homes, claimed one firefighter's life and injured another. There are...

August 23, 2017

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Unusual wildfire burning in western Greenland

Satellites have detected a sizable wildfire burning in western Greenland, about 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Sismut, the second largest town in Greenland (population 5 500). Satellites first detected evidence of the fire on July 31, 2017 and kept collecting the...

August 08, 2017

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New wildfire forces 10 000 people to evacuate, southern France

A new wildfire broke out in southern France overnight Wednesday, July 26, 2017, forcing at least 10 000 people to evacuate. The latest fire comes a day after France asked for help from the rest of Europe to tackle the flames already raging in the tinder-dry south,...

July 26, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Humans sparked 84% of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades

A new study found that human-ignited wildfires in the United States accounted for 84% of all wildfires, tripling the length of the average fire season and accounting for nearly half of the total acreage burned. In total, humans have ignited over 840 000 blazes in...

February 28, 2017

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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

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Worst wildfires in Chile's modern history

As of January 26, 2017, forest fires burning across central and southern Chile over the last couple of weeks have consumed an area of 238 600 hectares (589 600 acres / 981 mi2 / 2 386 km2) and killed 6 people. Red Alert for forest fires is in effect in the regions...

January 26, 2017

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Chile wildfires prompt state of emergency

Fueled by strong winds and a heat wave, dozens of wildfires are burning in central and southern Chile, threatening towns, factories and vineyards. Four firefighters have lost their lives since December 28. Chile has declared a state of emergency on Friday, January...

January 21, 2017

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Wildfires in Argentina consume over 1 million hectares

Massive wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina which started mid-December 2016 have burned over 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) of country's famous pampas by January 5, 2017. Severe drought during the winter and spring of 2016 in northeastern...

January 07, 2017

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Massive wildfires burning around Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Massive wildfires fueled by strong winds and the Southeast's worst drought in nearly a decade are burning around Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee, forcing evacuations. Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) said at 08:00 UTC (02:00 local time) today there are...

November 29, 2016

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Severe wildfires spreading across the Southeast US

Persistent drought conditions in the Southeast US have caused wildfires across the states. Numerous people were forced to evacuate their homes throughout the affected regions. Kentucky and Tennessee reported the highest wildfire numbers. According to the national...

November 15, 2016

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790 wildfires reported in Europe this year

790 wildfires were reported in Europe, in the period between April 1 and October 12, 2016, according to the European Firenews service. Several countries, such as Italy or France, suffered major fires that caused massive devastation of the green surface while others...

October 19, 2016

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Loma Fire: Growing wildfire in Santa Cruz mountains threatens 300 homes, California

Santa Clara County residents living near the Loma Fire in Santa Cruz mountains, California have been ordered to evacuate yesterday after a dangerous wildfire broke out on September 26, 2016. Firefighters from throughout California are aggressively fighting the fire...

September 28, 2016