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Australia fires damaged ozone layer – caused major warming

Australia’s fire season in late 2019 and early 2020 was extreme. It blew smoke some 20 miles into the sky, not unlike what a nuclear blast might cause. Smoke from the fires circled the globe and hovered in plumes over the Pacific.

Now, a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports suggests the smoky aerosols caused the highest temperatures in the stratosphere in about three decades and probably damaged the ozone layer — which has been slowly recovering since the substances that deplete it were largely phased out through the 1987 Montreal Protocol.

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Wildfires – Europe

Over 20 wildfires raged across Portugal and several burned in western Spain yesterday, menacing villages and disrupting tourists’ holidays amid a heatwave that meteorologists expect to push temperatures into the high 40s Celsius.

In Spain’s western region of Extremadura bordering Portugal firefighters evacuated a few hundred villagers overnight as a precaution and continued to battle a blaze that on Tuesday swept into Salamanca province in the region of Castile and Leon.

In France too, about 800 firefighters, supported by six water-bomber aircraft, were battling two wildfires in the southwest, which have already prompted the evacuation of thousands of campers. About 2 700 hectares were burned.

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Wildfires – Kentucky, USA

52 wildfires are burning across 28 counties in the state. The fires cover about 6,000 acres, and Division of Forestry officials said people need to be careful about any sparks they might cause.

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Wildfires – Australia

Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) attended a large bushfire in Alice Springs throughout Sunday and Monday.A number of properties were threatened and one structure burned. The fire has since moved away from infrastructure and is being monitored.

A fire which reached the rear of several properties at Salamander Bay on Tuesday will be monitored carefully while water bombing helicopters attempt to douse the flames. This is the first large bushfire of the summer season for Port Stephens in the Mambo wetlands which is a koala habitat.

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Wildfires – Tanzania

At least 100,000 hectares of trees were razed by wildfires in Tanzania’s southern highlands region of Njombe between 2020 and October 2022, an official said on Friday. Most fires were set by farmers to clear their farms and by honey hunters.

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Wildfires – Australia

Across the Northern Territory, thousands of square kilometres of parched savanna and grazing land have been reduced to ashes as bushfires spread rapidly amid another heatwave and weeks of ongoing lightning strikes. Bushfires NT, the Northern Territory’s agency for rural fire management, had responded to more than 47 wildfires since the start of the fire season, director of operations Andrew Turner said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Wildfires – Spain

Dozens of wildfires raged in northern Spain on Friday after unusually high temperatures hitting 30 Celsius (86F) in some areas a day earlier turned vegetation into dry fuel, adding to mounting concerns about changing weather patterns in Europe. In the Basque Country, Asturias and Cantabria about 40 blazes were reported, according to regional emergency services.

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Wildfires – Missouri, USA

A wildfire burned about half of the small town of Wooldridge, Missouri Saturday. The fire started from a combine that was harvesting crops and spread into the town pushed by 25 to 35 mph winds with low relative humidity.

Authorities said 23 structures were destroyed or heavily damaged. No one was killed and one person was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, but the entire town of 100 people had to be evacuated.

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Wildfires – Tanzania

Hundreds of firefighters are battling a blaze on Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.

No one has been harmed in the fire that erupted on Friday. The cause has yet to be established. Dense clouds of smoke as well as winds were making the work difficult for the 320 firefighters at the scene. The fire is burning at an altitude of about 3900 metres.

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Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

The Heather Creek wildfire, burning in the southeast side of E.C. Manning Park adjacent to Highway 3, is around 14,970 hectares and is considered to be burning out of control by officials.

Wildfires – Washington State, USA

A wildfire fed by gusty winds and low humidity east of Vancouver, Washington, grew rapidly on Sunday, prompting authorities to order evacuations as the blaze sent up a plume of white smoke visible throughout the metropolitan area that Vancouver shares with Portland, Oregon. Dubbed the Nakia Creek Fire, the blaze in eastern Clark County was burning in rugged terrain of brush and timber and had charred an estimated 2,000 acres (780 hectares) by Sunday afternoon.

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Wildfires – Easter Island

A devastating wildfire earlier this week caused “immeasurable” damage to a number of Famous Stone Head Statues on Easter Island because what fire does is heat up the rock and it cracks. A preliminary report said the fire started on Tuesday and consumed more than 148 acres, including the Rano Raraku volcanic crater where many of the statues are.

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Wildfires – Tunisia

Tunisia recorded 255 forest fires across the country’s governorates, destroying more than 5,317 hectares, an increase of 11% from a year ago. Agricultural crop fires amounted to 352 fires that destroyed about 620 hectares, an increase of 9% from last year, in the period from the beginning of January 2022 to mid-September.

Wildfires – Arctic

Smoke from hundreds of wildfires has darkened skies over the Alaskan interior this summer with the state experiencing its fastest start to the fire season on record amid hot and dry conditions.

Tens of thousands of lightning strikes ignited the majority of active fires, according to the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service. By late August, more than 1.2 million hectares had burned across the state – roughly triple what is seen in an average year but no longer unusual in a warming world.

With climate change raising Arctic temperatures faster than the global average, wildfires are shifting poleward where the flames blaze through boreal forest and tundra and release vast amounts of greenhouse gases from the carbon-rich organic soil.

Last year, Siberian wildfires scorched some 168 000 square kilometres of Siberian forest, or an area nearly the size of Cambodia. While cloaking the region for months in acrid smoke, some of which reached the North Pole for the first time, those wildfires set a sobering new record for the share of carbon emissions from the world’s highest latitudes.

The Republic of Sakha was the Arctic region hardest hit by fires, which consumed vast swaths of larch forest. By summer’s end, nearly 50% more carbon had been released in this region than in any year in the past two decades.

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Wildfires – Fiji

here have been 408 bush and grass fire incidents recorded so far this year in Fiji, data from the Pacific island country’s National Fire Authority (NFA) showed. The bushfires had caused damage to a lot of power lines, resulting in continuous power outages around the western area of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. The area has recorded 100 sugar cane fires and 53 rubbish fires from January to date.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

There are a number of large fires burning in Washington.

• Goat Rocks: Located 7 miles east of Packwood, started on Aug. 9, 0% contained, 4,193 acres burned.

• Bolt Creek: Located 37 miles east of Seattle, Started on Sept. 10, 39% contained, 12,142 acres burned.

• Minnow Ridge: Located 25 miles north of Wenatchee, started on Sept. 10, 0% contained, 2,212 acres burned.

• White River: Located 14 miles northwest of Plains, started on Aug. 11, 10% contained, 4,206 acres burned.

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Wildfires – Nebraska, USA

Showers and high humidity have slowed the spread of the Bovee Fire west of Halsey, Nebraska. More than 100 firefighters are on scene, including two Interagency Hotshot Crews, 10 engines, and a dozer. A mapping flight at 7:30 p.m. Sunday found that the fire had burned 7,780 acres. Officially, the Nebraska National Forest is still going with 15,000 acres, an estimate developed Sunday afternoon before it was mapped from an aircraft. The Bovee Fire has prompted an evacuation of the community of Halsey in central Nebraska.