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Wildfires – Greece

A large wildfire raged out of control north of Athens on Monday, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of a nearby coastal town as a precaution. Strong winds fanned the flames in the area of Schimatari, about 50 km (30 miles) outside the capital amid soaring temperatures.

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Wildfires – Peru

Firefighters have largely controlled a forest fire near the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, though they remained alert for a possible resurgence of the blaze due to strong winds near the ancient city high in the Andean mountains. The fire was started on Tuesday by farmers burning grass and debris to prepare to sow new crops.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire that erupted in Northern California has forced evacuations as it threatens about 500 homes and other buildings, authorities say. The Rices Fire erupted at around 2pm pm Tuesday near the Yuba River in Nevada County and had spread to more than 202 hectares by nightfall. About 350 buildings homes and other buildings were under evacuation orders.

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Wildfires – Italy

Emergency crews are responding to a wildfire on the eastern outskirts of Rome as of June 27. A summer camp and several homes in the affected area have been evacuated by authorities. Dozens of people in the vicinity of the fire have been treated for smoke inhalation. The fire has broken out amid an ongoing heatwave across much of the country that is set to continue for several more days. The hot and dry conditions may lead to further fire growth in the coming hours and days.

Wildfires – Alaska

Alaska is struggling through a record breaking wildfire season. A million acres have burned as of June 15, the earliest in decades. The fires are being fueled by unusually dry and warm weather in the region. More than 300 wildfires have burned recently and about 100 are still burning across the state. This includes the East Fork Fire, which was set ablaze in late May and has burned more than 163,000 acres. It ranks among the state’s largest tundra wildfires on record.

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Wildfires – Turkey

The wildfire raging along southwestern Turkey’s Aegean coast is now under control after burning 4,500 hectares of forest over three days. It was deliberately started on Tuesday, and destroyed a forested area near the Aegean coastal resort of Marmaris. The Turkish government is now considering tougher sentences for those convicted of starting wildfires.

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Wildfires – California, USA

As monsoonal moisture moved through Southern California Wednesday more than 50,000 lightning strikes were detected, starting wildfires and killing a woman and her two dogs who were walking in Pico Rivera.

Multiple fires suspected of being started by lightning occurred in Southern California, with most of them being suppressed while very small. The cause of the Thunder Fire east of Interstate 5 near the Grapevine north of Frazier Park is under investigation, but the suspected cause is lightning. At 6:45 a.m. Thursday the Department reported it had burned approximately 2,300 acres and was being staffed by 250 personnel.

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Wildfires – Turkey

More than a thousand firefighters, aided by water-dropping planes and helicopters, on Wednesday battled a wildfire that erupted overnight near a popular resort in southwestern Turkey forcing dozens of home evacuations. The fire erupted Tuesday evening in the Bordubet region, near Marmaris on Turkey’s Aegean coast. It spread rapidly, fanned by strong winds.

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Wildfires – New Jersey, USA

The Mullica River fire in Wharton State Forest in South Jersey, the largest wildfire in the State for years, has burned about 13,500 acres. Officials said it may have been started by an illegal campfire. It is now 85% contained.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Contreras Fire burning in southern Arizona’s Pima County has expanded to over 20,360 acres. The blaze, 53 miles southwest of Tucson, started June 11 on a remote ridge of the Baboquivari Mountain range on the Tohono O’odham Nation Reservation. Containment is at 40%.

The Pipeline Fire, 15 miles north of downtown Flagstaff has blackened 26,528 acres. Containment stands at 50%.

East of the Pipeline Fire, the Haywood Fire has so far charred 5,575 acres of land since it sparked June 13. Containment stands at 40%.

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Wildfires – Spain, Germany and Greece

Germany – Residents of about 20 villages were ordered to evacuate as a forest fire, that has been burning since Friday, approached their homes about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Berlin. Others were told to prepare to leave in the next few hours. Earlier, a fire brigade spokesperson said the wildfire’s area had spread to “around 100 to 110 hectares,”.
Germany has seen numerous wildfires in recent days following a period of intense heat and little rain.

Greece – On Sunday, a wildfire continued to rage out of control in central Evia, Greece’s second-largest island. Fanned by strong winds, the blaze spread across the slopes of a mountainous forest in Gaia. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the village of Kremastos as a precaution as the blaze got as close as 800 meters (roughly 2,600 feet) from some homes.

Spain – Spanish authorities said temperatures dropped on Sunday morning, giving some respite to the 650 emergency workers battling the burning vegetation. Supported by water-dumping aircraft, they were able to establish a perimeter around the fire that started in Zamora’s Sierra de la Culebra which has scorched 25 000 ha, while 18 villages have been evacuated. Wildfires were also active in three parts of northeastern Catalonia: in Lleida, in Tarragona and in a nature park in Garraf, just south of Barcelona. Firefighters said they have responded to over 200 different wildfires just in Catalonia over the past week.

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Wildfires – Spain

Firefighters battled to bring raging wildfires under control in Spain on Saturday. Almost 20,000 hectares of land had been burned in the Sierra de la Culebra mountain range and the fire was “still active”. In Catalonia, firefighters who were trying to bring a fire under control in Baldomar said they expected Saturday to be “complicated” by “very high temperatures and a strong southerly wind”.

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Wildfires – Spain

Three wildfires have laid waste to 1,600 hectares (3,950 acres) of pines and bushes in eastern Spain since Wednesday as a heatwave pushes temperatures close to record highs, regional firefighters said on Thursday.

Hundreds of firemen were on the ground battling the blazes with 120 trucks and a 19 aircraft to fight the flames near the towns of Baldomar, Corbera d’Ebre and Castellar Ribera, Catalonia’s regional fire department said. Most efforts were focused on Baldomar, where flames threatened 20,000 hectares of woods and farmland.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Pipeline Fire has burned 23,000 acres and is 31% contained. The Haywire Fire has burned more than 5,000 acres and is 0% contained.

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Wildfires – California, USA

The Rancho Fire in Rancho Tehama in Northern California has destroyed 10 structures and damaged 4 others, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Suppression said Monday night. It was mapped Monday afternoon at 255 acres with a 17-acre spot fire out ahead.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Fueled by gusty winds through drought-stricken remote terrain, wildfires burning north of Flagstaff, Arizona, exploded in size on Monday, with officials estimating more than 24,000 acres (9,700 hectares) had been blackened by Tuesday morning. Fire crews battling the blaze have faced intense conditions that have caused extreme fire behavior and sent enormous smoke plumes swirling into the sky.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A fast-moving wildfire in California’s Angeles National Forest, dubbed the Sheep fire, has grown to nearly 1,000 acres in a little more than a day, prompting road closures and the evacuation of a large portion of a community about 30 miles northwest of San Bernardino.

Wildfires – Alaska

Smoke from dozens of wildfires in Western Alaska began spreading across the state over the weekend, covering the skies with a reddish tinge and leading to unhealthy air in some regions.

45 active wildfires in Western Alaska had burned more than a quarter million acres as of Sunday, according to the state Division of Forestry. They include the 150,000-acre East Fork Fire, one of just three fires in the area that are being manned.

Wildfires – New Mexico, USA

The Midnight Fire in Potrero Canyon north of El Rito continues to grow and likely will continue expand into a much larger blaze, a fire official said. Carson National Forest officials reported the fire was at 3,500 acres Saturday — an expansion of at least 3,000 acres overnight.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Pipeline Fire sparked just a few miles from Flagstaff on Sunday morning on June 12. The fire was reported at 10:15 a.m. and it started 6 miles north of Flagstaff. Helicopters, air tankers and a hotshot crew are working to contain the flames which grew to more than 4,500 acres as the fire “was pushed more than 15 miles by strong winds throughout the day.”