Wildfires – California USA
Wildfires across the state are burning more than 200,000 acres, chewing through dry brush and parched forests while forcing the evacuation of dozens of residents.
In the Six Rivers National Forest, near the northwestern corner of the state, more than 5,000 firefighters are battling a string of blazes totaling nearly 70,000 acres, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Peggi Lawrence. Lightning storms ignited the fires in late July and they have continued to burn as firefighters navigate steep, rugged terrain.
The neighboring Shasta-Trinity National Forest is also coping with fires on more than 60,000 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The sizable fires have generated significant smoke, prompting officials to warn inland residents nearby to limit outdoor activity.
Meanwhile, a wildfire north of the Napa Valley more than doubled in size Tuesday to cover 14,000 acres, nearly merging with the southern edge of the massive Rocky fire, authorities said.
The swiftly growing Jerusalem fire — named for its position within the Jerusalem Valley — began Sunday and is threatening 50 homes, prompting mandatory evacuations that remain in effect. Erratic winds have challenged the nearly 1,700 firefighters battling the blaze, with officials warning residents to be vigilant for sudden shifts in the fire’s direction.
A new fire map released Tuesday shows the Jerusalem fire touching the southernmost edge of the Rocky Fire, which has charred nearly 70,000 acres since erupting on July 29. That fire is 88% contained, Cal Fire said.
The Anza fire, about 20 miles southeast of Hemet in Riverside County, has burned 487 acres and was 50% contained as night fell Tuesday, according to the county’s Fire Department. Sparked by a burning motor home that spread to dry vegetation, the Anza fire left four people injured, including three firefighters.
Wildfires – Siberia
More than 5,000 Russian emergency workers are battling to put out wildfires raging across forests in Siberia, officials said Tuesday.
Over 1,250 square kilometres of woodland are ablaze in at least six eastern regions, Russia’s federal forestry agency said.
The republic of Buryatia, which borders Mongolia and the eastern shore of Lake Baikal, is fighting to extinguish 60 blazes raging through 717 square kilometres of land, the agency said.
Wildfires are a common occurence in Russia each summer due to the burning of dry grass, and can claim lives and damage property. The current wildfires have not yet affected inhabited areas, according to authorities.