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Wildfires – Florida, USA

Florida currently has 39 active wildfires sweeping across the state; this is down from the 51 fires that were recorded as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. These fires are actively burning 1 688.7 acres of land statewide.

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Wildfires – China

Two bushfires that broke out Wednesday in Beijing’s northern suburbs of Yanqing and Pinggu have been put out, with cleanup work currently underway, local authorities said.

The first fire broke out at 4:33 p.m. Wednesday on a mountain in Yanqing. More than 600 firefighters rushed to the scene to fight the blaze, and as of 8:30 p.m., the fire was put out and the site was brought under control.

In the city’s northeastern suburb of Pinggu, some 300 firefighting personnel and 37 fire engines were sent by the municipal fire corps after another forest fire broke out at around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday. The fire had been brought under control as of 10:40 p.m.

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Burnt Koalas Starve Weeks after the Bushfires

Koalas that survived the flames are now dying from starvation, dehydration, smoke inhalation and other hazards.

Over the past three weeks in one wildlife conservation property alone, our rescue team found koalas recently crushed under fire-damaged trees, and koalas with burnt paws after descending to the smouldering ground after the inferno had passed, hoping to change trees and find food. One of our most recent rescues was an orphaned, emaciated koala with all four paws burnt.

Koalas are also at risk of dying from infections associated with these injuries, or from the ongoing effects of smoke inhalation. Even uninjured koalas are struggling to find food in their burnt habitat and may soon starve.

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Wildfires – South Africa

The City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service is battling a blaze on the slopes of Table Mountain, which began below Tafelberg Road on Sunday. Spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said on Monday a total of 30 firefighting appliances and over 230 firefighters are still on the scene. Several structures have been affected and motor vehicles destroyed in the fire. Six firefighters were injured and taken to hospital [and] one firefighting appliance was lost in the blaze.

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Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA – Update

More than 30,000 acres in Oklahoma were ravaged over the weekend by a series of about 24 fires, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Services. The blazes are primarily affecting the northwest and southwest regions of the state, and the largest fire is called the 412 Fire, located in Beaver County in the Oklahoma panhandle. Officials report that the 412 Fire has burned 29,120 acres of land and is only approximately 50 percent contained. Several homes in Beaver County have reportedly been damaged or destroyed. Local authorities ordered evacuations in the surrounding areas, and parts of Texas neighboring the panhandle are also vulnerable to fire exposure.

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Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA

People living in the Oklahoma Panhandle have been forced to evacuate their homes Saturday because of a large wildfire that was fuelled by the wind. Authorities said the wildfire started in Beaver County and first approached Beaver from the southwest. More than one home has burned in Beaver. Oklahoma Forestry Services officials said the wildfire has burned an estimated 10,000 acres and is exhibiting extreme fire behaviour.

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Wildfires – Australia

Confirming what had been widely suspected, researchers have found that human-caused climate change had an impact on Australia’s recent devastating wildfires, making the extremely high-risk conditions that led to widespread burning at least 30 percent more likely than in a world without global warming.

The research is the latest in a growing subfield of climate science: attribution studies that look for links, or the lack of them, between climate change and specific weather-related events, often within weeks of an event. The studies usually compare models of current conditions to those of the world around 1900, before large-scale emissions of carbon dioxide and other planet-warming gases began.

Record warmth and dryness last year led to a severe wildfire outbreak in Australia, with an estimated 50 million acres burned, including more than 16 million acres in the southeastern part of the country, which was most affected. All told, at least 34 people were killed and nearly 6,000 homes and other structures were destroyed.

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Wildfires – Australia

Australia’s state hardest-hit by the massive wildfires that raged for months is now blaze-free for the first time in more than 240 days.

Wildfires – California

A quickly moving wildfire burned 175 acres in Norco Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of 1,500 residents and threatening an estimated 500 homes, according to Cal Fire.

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Wildfires – South Africa

A wildfire near Paarl in the Western Cape, which has destroyed nearly 6 000ha of mixed fynbos and continues to burn out of control. Firefighters continue their efforts to bring the blaze under control which is being fanned by strong winds. A second fire has started near Ceres.

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Wildfires – Australia

In a post-mortem of the Australian bushfires, which raged for five months, scientists have concluded that their intensity and duration far surpassed what climate models had predicted, according to a study published yesterday in Nature Climate Change.

The bushfires were far more catastrophic than any climate crisis models out there, leading the scientists to call the devastation, “a fiery wake-up call for climate science,” as the BBC reported.

The study said that the bushfires were “unprecedented” after they burned more than one-fifth of the country’s forests.

In fact, the models were so far off target that not only did they say that fires of such magnitude could not happen this year, but they predicted that fires of this magnitude would not happen before the year 2100.

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Wildfires – Canary Islands

Strong winds of up to 120kmph (75mph) carried red sand more than 100km (62 miles) from the Sahara to the archipelago, which is popular with tourists all year round.

The gusts fanned three wildfires, forcing about 2,000 residents to flee their homes in Tenerife and Gran Canaria with whatever belongings they could grab.

The eight islands were on Monday covered in a murky red haze which could be seen from space – and which witnesses described as resembling the surface of Mars.

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Wildfires – Ghana

Over 170 farmlands have been destroyed by bushfires in the Atebubu Amantin municipality of the Bono East Region, posing a serious threat to the government’s flagship agricultural policy, the Planting for Food and Jobs program.

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Wildfires – Australia

After months of bushfires raging across the Australian coast, elated firefighters have just announced that they have managed to contain all of the fires. The news comes after a week of historic rainfall in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Although there are still 24 active fires burning in the region, they are small enough for firefighters to manage accordingly.

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Wildfires – Corsica

Strong winds from Storm Ciara have fanned a wildfire on the island of Corsica. Several hundred firefighters are battling the blaze which has consumed more than 450 hectares to date.

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Wildfires – Australia

At least one home was lost in a bushfire which descended on the Western Australian town of Katanning on Saturday. The bushfire has burned through about 4,500 hectares after being sparked by lightning on Friday. The fire tore through farmland as it approached the town of more than 3,500 people in WA’s Great Southern region in the afternoon. There were also reports farming machinery, sheds and infrastructure were lost in the blaze.