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Wildfires – California, USA

The wildfire raging out of control along the northern edge of Los Angeles since early Friday, has forced thousands of people from their homes as firefighters battled flames from the air and on the ground. The blaze erupted late Thursday along the northern tier of the San Fernando Valley as powerful Santa Ana winds swept Southern California, fanning several destructive blazes. The Los Angeles Fire Department said the fire had grown to more than 6 square miles (15.5 square kilometers) before dawn and an estimated 12,700 homes were under evacuation orders. The Fire Department said homes were destroyed but did not have an estimate. About 100,000 people in over 20,000 homes were ordered to evacuate.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A wind-swept wildfire in California’s San Fernando Valley threatened several northern Los Angeles communities Friday, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of more than 1,600 homes, according to reports.

The so-called Saddleridge Brush Fire, which started in Sylmar north of downtown LA on Thursday night, spread from 60 acres to 1,600 acres (2.5 square miles) within hours.

Meanwhile, a separate fire sparked by burning trash dumped by a garbage truck destroyed dozens of homes in Riverside County and led to the evacuation of hundreds of people.

The Sandalwood fire erupted when a “trash truck dumped a load of burning trash that spread onto vegetation” about 2 p.m. Thursday in the community of Calimesa, about 70 miles east of LA, fire officials said.

The two conflagrations were among about 275 wildfires that have broken out across the state as hot, gusty winds signaled the start of its peak fire season.

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Wildfires – Australia

Police have found the remains of two people who died in a bushfire in northern NSW. They lived on a rural property in Coongbar, 70 kilometres south-west of Casino. Police said their home on Deadman Creek Road had been destroyed by the Long Gully Road bushfire which was caused by a lightning strike.

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Wildfires – California

Fire crews across Northern California are responding to a number of wildfires that ignited amid critical weather conditions Wednesday, as well as a 4,400-acre blaze that has been burning near the entrance to Yosemite National Park since the weekend. Those conditions prompted Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to implement a massive public safety power shutoff, which blacked out about 513,000 customers between midnight and 4 a.m.

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Wildfires – Australia

About 500 firefighters were battling out-of-control wildfires in eastern Australia that have now destroyed at least 30 homes. More than 40 bushfires were burning across New South Wales state. Temperatures were cooler Wednesday after strong winds and stifling heat restricted firefighting efforts Tuesday. More than 100,000 hectares (380 square miles) have burned with the small village of Rappville, population 250, among the worst affected.

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Wildfires – Australia

Large parts of northern NSW are burning as two out of control bushfires ravage the region, with fire authorities hoping a change of weather conditions brings relief on Wednesday.

A number of properties were destroyed in Rappville, south of Casino, after fire tore through the small rural town on Tuesday afternoon.

The largest of the four blazes is around Long Gully Road in Drake, about 130 kilometres inland from Ballina. The fire, which is over 70,000 hectares in size and has been burning for weeks, spread out of control on the south-eastern side of the fire around Ewingar on Tuesday afternoon.

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Wildfires – Bolivia

Heavy rain that has drenched eastern Bolivia’s Chiquitania tropical savanna has put out fires that have ravaged millions of hectares in recent months, authorities said Sunday. Firefighters will wait 24 hours to be sure that all fires are completely out before they head out of the area.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

The Decker Fire Update – The wildfire has now destroyed at least one home and charred more than 5,800 acres in central Colorado. More than 450 firefighters and several aircraft have been assigned to the fire, which is burning in rough terrain south of Salida. The fire, which is 5% contained, has forced the evacuation of about 130 homes.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

The Decker Fire south of Salida forced evacuations Wednesday morning as it continues to grow. The fire was sparked by lightning Sept. 8. The fire has grown to 2,207 acres and is only 5% contained, according to the incident information system.

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Russia puts out all wildfires

Russia has extinguished all wildfires in the country, which hit a total area of 10.337 million hectares, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service said Monday.

Wildfires – Amazon

Wildfires are still raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Twelve million hectares have burnt so far, three times more than last year. This means an area nearly the size of Greece.

Brazil paid the hardest price, but the flames are ravaging also some other of the nine countries the Amazon spans to. In Bolivia, 5,000 people are fighting the blaze, but it is still out of control.

It has been dubbed as the worst fires in living memory. Since January, 5 million hectares of forest and savanna were lost in Bolivia, two million just in the past two months. The flames are threatening 1,200 species. As a result, Amazon’s indigenous communities say this is an ‘environmental genocide’.

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Wildfires – Indonesia

Brazil has captured global attention over deliberately set fires that are burning the Amazon rainforest, often called the earth’s lungs. Now Indonesia is compounding the concern with blazes to clear forest on the other side of the world.

Hundreds of wildfires burned across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra on Tuesday, producing thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel, forced schools to close and sickened many thousands of people. Poorly equipped firefighters were unable to bring them under control.

Officials said that about 80 percent of the fires were set intentionally to make room for palm plantations, a lucrative cash crop that has led to deforestation on much of Sumatra.

The slash-and-burn conflagrations, which tore through sensitive rainforests where dozens of endangered species live, immediately drew comparisons to the wildfires in the Amazon basin that have destroyed more than 2 million acres.

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Wildfires – Australia

Across NSW, the latest confirmed losses from the current spate of bushfires are:

. 26 homes destroyed, 13 damaged

. 6 facilities destroyed, 2 damaged

. 77 outbuildings destroyed, 50 damaged

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Wildfires – Australia

A major fire on the NSW north coast is causing concern for emergency services amid fears some properties may have been lost. The fire in bushland around Drake has already burned through more than 60,000 hectares since it began almost two weeks ago. Overnight the threats to homes eased but firefighters are still bracing for damage reports.

Meanwhile, another fire burning about 15km east of Glen Innes in the Brother State Forest is still out of control. So far it has burned through 16,000 hectares. But the threat to homes has eased after crews acted to hold the fire to the western side of Old Grafton Road.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A number of wildfires are burning near Denver, Colorado encompassing about 1 250 acres. Some evacuations have been ordered for a fire northwest of Fort Collins. Firefighters are containing the blazes.

Wildfires – Australia

Emergency warnings for bushfires burning near Darwin have been downgraded as fire crews battle to prevent the further spread of fire. Bushfires NT said between 50 and 60 properties were under threat due to the blaze burning at Fog Bay Road in Milne, and the fire was spotting ahead of the front.

Meanwhile firefighters continued to battle about 50 bushfires across Queensland on Sunday.

Crews from the states of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and from New Zealand were helping fight blazes that have destroyed homes, businesses and an estimated 55,000 hectares (135, 908 acres) of land. The 10-day emergency has seen some 1,200 bushfires burning across the state, with more than 600 community warnings issued in the past two weeks. Officials have warned some fires could burn for months because the ground is bone-dry and there is no significant rain in sight.

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Wildfires – California

California’s biggest blaze of 2019, the Walker Fire, has grown steadily to surpass 50,000 acres, and firefighters could face additional challenges as fire activity is expected to increase to start the weekend. Burning in Plumas National Forest since Sept. 4, the Walker Fire has grown relatively slowly after exploding from 2,000 acres to 17,000 acres last Friday amid erratic wind conditions. It’s charred through nearly 80 square miles of wildland.

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Wildfires – Indonedsia

The number of blazes in Indonesia’s rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed on Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming. Illegal blazes to clear land for agricultural plantations have been raging on Sumatra and Borneo islands, with Indonesia deploying water-bombing helicopters and thousands of security forces to tackle them.