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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A wind-driven wildfire is burning in southeastern Colorado near Fort Lyon, which has been evacuated. The fire is approximately 80% contained and is estimated to be between 3,000 and 4,000 acres. The fire is burning in the John Martin Reservoir State Wildlife Area, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Wildfires – California, USA

Evacuation orders have been lifted for a community in California’s San Jacinto Mountains that was threatened by a wildfire. Residents in Mountain Center were told to leave their homes after a wildfire broke out in dry, windy conditions early Friday morning. The fire had burned about 1 square mile and was 20% contained.

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Wildfires – Nepal

The winter coupled with the drought for the last few months has triggered wildfires in different parts of Nepal along the Himalayan range.

The forest fire in Annapurna Conservation Area in Manang district that started on Nov. 26 is yet to put out. The fire in the bushes in the district’s Tachai area has destroyed hundreds of hectares of the forest in the mountainous region.

Not only in Manang, hundreds of hectares of the forest in Kalinchowk in Taplejung district were destroyed in fire last month. The local administration used a helicopter to disperse water in order to bring the wildfire there under control.

The fire in Gatlang area in Rasuwa district in the Langtang conservation area has also destroyed the vegetation in a large scale. Similarly, a forest area in Kaski near the Machhapuchhre mountain range too saw a huge forest fire recently.

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Wildfires – Australia

The South Australian southeast town of Lucindale is under direct threat from an out-of-control bushfire with reports of buildings on fire. Livestock has also been lost to the blaze which is burning in grassland and has already blackened about 14,000 hectares inside a 68-kilometre perimeter. An emergency warning has been issued for Lucindale with the town largely evacuated.

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Wildfires – India

In a major relief, the wildfire at Dzuko valley range at Manipur-Nagaland border for nearly two weeks has been finally brought under control. The Dzuko valley wildfire reportedly started on December 29 and has engulfed a large area of the valley both in Nagaland and Manipur. In Manipur, the fire had completely destroyed the vegetations of Mt Iso, the highest peak in the state.

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Wildfires – Ghana

The Regional Command of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has said the Central Region recorded more bushfires last year than in 2019. There were 180 bushfires, representing 115 percent increase compared to 65 in 2019. In all, the Service in 2020 responded to 611 fire incidents, including domestic fires as against 492 the previous year, an increase of 119 per cent in the incidents recorded.

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Wildfires – Australia

The two Hercules C130 heavy water bombers stationed in WA have been deployed to a fast-moving bushfire that became out of control this afternoon, about 50km north of Perth. The out of control fire has burnt through more 2700 hectares of land and is moving in a south westerly direction. Residents have been urged to flee the area.

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Wildfires – Australia

A fire that has been raging since Saturday is threatening the lives and homes of residents in the Gingin and Dandaragan areas north of Perth after the blaze escaped containment lines.

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for parts of the two northerly shires after the fire picked up speed and jumped fire lines last night. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued an urgent alert to residents of Ocean Farms Estate, telling them to leave now.

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Wildfires – Brazil

The number of wildfires in Brazil increased 12.7% last year to a decade-high, according to official figures likely to add to pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro’s government over the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

There were a total of 222,798 wildfires across Brazil in 2020, the highest number since 2010, according to the Brazilian space agency, INPE. That included more than 103,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon, an annual increase of nearly 16%, said INPE, which uses satellite images to track fires and deforestation.

It also included more than 22,000 fires in Brazil’s share of the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands, which were devastated last year by an annual increase of more than 120%.

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Wildfires – Australia

Multiple bushfires are threatening lives and homes in WA, with emergency services issuing warnings for people in Wundowie in the Shire of Northam, people in Red Gully in the shire of Gingin and people in Mimegarra, Regans Ford, Orange Springs and Cowalla in Gingin and Dandaragan.

People are being urged to leave for a safer place if they can, or if they cannot leave then they should close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

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Wildfires – Hawaii

Fed by strong winds, an Olowalu brush fire charred more than 500 acres Saturday, sparking evacuations of homes and closing the main highway for several hours at night.

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Wildfires – California

A wildfire in northern San Diego County has grown by nearly 1,300 acres — burning a total of 4,276 acres — and prompted mandatory evacuations, according to a Cal Fire update Thursday night. Camp Pendleton issued a mandatory evacuation for DeLuz Housing, Wounded Warrior Battalion and Lake O’Neill Campground due to the fire near Naval Weapons Station Detachment Fallbrook in the northern part of the 125,000-acre base.

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Wildfires – California

A wildfire started near Beaumont on Sunday and quickly burned through almost 2 000 acres. The fire is 24% contained and although threatening some structures, none were damaged and there have been no injuries.

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Wildfires – Texas, USA

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials said they are battling three large wildfires Thursday in the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in southern Chambers County. The cause of the fire is unknown and no injuries have been reported.

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Wildfires – Siberia

This year’s vast wildfires in far northeastern Russia were linked to broader changes in a warming Arctic, according to a report Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Wildfires are a natural part of many boreal ecosystems. But the extent of flames during the 2020 fire season was unprecedented in the 2001-2020 satellite record, and is consistent with the predicted effects of climate change.

The recent wildfires were exacerbated by elevated air temperatures and decreased snow cover on the ground in the Arctic region, the report found.

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Wildfires – California

A fast-moving wildfire that began late Wednesday in Southern California is 50% contained as of Sunday morning, a slight increase from the day earlier, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

The Bond Fire has burned 7,375 acres, destroyed 28 structures, damaged 19 others and caused thousands to evacuate since it began in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon, according to CalFire. At least 25,000 residents were initially evacuated due to the fire and two firefighters have been injured battling the blaze.