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Wildfires – Borneo

The state Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) has recorded 494 cases involving wildfires from Aug 1 till today. In a statement released by Bomba today, 1391.73 acres of land have been affected by the forest, bush and peat soil fires. Kuching recorded the highest bushfire cases as of today with eight cases, followed by Miri with four cases.

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

At least two evacuation orders were in place for residents in Jefferson County as a wildfire continued to burn in the area well into the night Thursday. In total, 328 homes were affected, but officials said that no structures had been lost.

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Wildfires – Canary Islands

The heart of Spain’s Gran Canaria has been left devastated by two wildfires that ravaged big chunks of the island this week. One of the blazes started on Saturday in the north of the island, close to a prehispanic archaeological site declared a UNESCO world heritage site last month. The flames burnt through 1,500 hectares and reached nearby towns. On Monday, a second fire was declared in Telde, in the east of the island.

Wildfires – France

More than 500 firefighters have been called out to battle a blaze that has already destroyed hundreds of hectares of pine forest in southern France. Some 900 hectares have been destroyed since the fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon in the rugged hills of the Aude department, about 100 kilometres southeast of Toulouse.

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Wildfires – Greece

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes after three huge wildfires devastated a Greek island. Water-dropping planes and helicopters have been deployed to the island of Evia, where a huge blaze is burning through a protected nature reserve.

Residents from four villages and a monastery have had to flee as firefighters battle the wildfires, which broke out at about 3am on Tuesday. More than 200 firefighters are working to control the infernos, with one member of the force being taken to hospital after suffering serious burns.

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Wildfires – Greece

Wildfires spread quickly overnight outside of Athens, Greece, before firefighters rushed in to keep the fire under control. A huge blaze prompted early morning evacuations in a suburb of the Greek capital. At least 140 firefighters and 46 vehicles were dispatched to battle the wildfire. 

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Wildfires – Canary Islands

Wildfires are raging in Spain’s Canary Islands. About 400 residents were evacuated on Sunday (August 11) from several neighborhoods in Gran Canaria as a huge wildfire spread close to a National Park and in an area popular with holidaymakers.

Wildfires – Australia

A bush fire north of Crescent Head near Loftus Rd has burnt through 850 hectares of bushland since Saturday. Around 70 firefighters have attended the blaze, with crews working around the clock to bring the fire under control and protect properties in the vicinity of Loftus Rd and Richardsons Crossing on Saturday and Sunday.

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Wildfires – Greece

A wildfire which broke out on Elafonisos island in southern Greece on Saturday has prompted the evacuation of a hotel and camping as a precautionary measure, with no injuries reported. The blaze is burning mainly low vegetation, as firefighters’ efforts to contain it are hampered by strong winds.

The image is similar in Marathon municipality, some 42 kilometers northeast of Athens. According to preliminary information from the Fire Brigade, the flames are scorching a forested zone not very far away from the starting line of the Athens Classic Marathon race.

Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters are in position to protect homes on the NSW mid-north coast after a bushfire quickly burned hundreds of hectares. Strong south-easterly winds fanned the blaze over the Belmore River and Lotus Rd, east of Kempsey, and into the beachside Hat Head National Park. The out-of-control blaze had torched almost 400 hectares by 2.15pm.

A watch and act alert is also out for homes in the vicinity of Turners Flat, west of Kempsey, where a fire has burned through about 200 hectares.

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Wildfires – Siberia

The area of wildfires in the Irkutsk Region has increased in the last 24 hours to over 650,000 hectares, the regional department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Tuesday. Compared to the previous day, seven new wildfires have been recorded, and the territory under flames has expanded by 37,370 hectares.

Russian prosecutors said on Tuesday that some of the vast Siberian wildfires that environmentalists have dubbed a climate emergency were started on purpose by arsonists trying to conceal illegal logging activity.

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Wildfires – Nevada, USA

Lightning sparked more than a dozen wildfires in northeast Nevada over the weekend and forecasters are warning more are likely as thunderstorms move back into the region later this week.

Three of the fires each have burned more than 4 square miles (10 sq. kilometers) of mostly remote rangeland, including the Goose Fire near the Nevada-Idaho line about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Jackpot. Another fire in the Ruby Mountains about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Elko forced the closure of a highway and evacuation Sunday night.

But there were no evacuations in place as of Monday. No injuries have been reported or structures damaged.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

The Horsefly Fire and Snow Creek Fire erupted on Monday after a weekend of active wildfires. The Horsefly Fire is between Flesher Pass and Lincoln and burned more than 1,500 acres on Monday alone. Evacuations have been ordered for some homes in the immediate area. The Snow Creek Fire located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness also showed explosive growth on Monday, with the smoke plume extending more than 100 miles east of the Rocky Mountain Front. A hot and windy day allowed these fires to develop and spread very quickly, along with the fact that they are burning in heavy beetle killed timber areas.

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Wildfires – Siberia

The Russian Defense Ministry’s planes and helicopters have extinguished wildfires in Siberia raging across 690,000 hectares since the beginning of the effort.

Since the operation started, the Defense Ministry’s air task force has poured 5,490 tonnes of water on the blazing forest. The Il-76 planes and Mi-8 helicopters carried out 90 and 143 flights, respectively, to extinguish fires. A total of 170,000 hectares of burning forest were put out on Sunday.

Wildfires – Hawaii

Hawaii’s governor on Friday declared an emergency on the island of Maui, where firefighters were battling a blaze that forced the evacuations of thousands of people and sent huge clouds of smoke billowing over nearby beaches. Although most of the evacuees were later allowed to return home, the blaze more than tripled in size to spread over about 3,642 hectares, scorching mostly former sugar cane fields and brush.

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Wildfires – Siberia

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has called in the army to fight the forest fires that have been raging across vast expanses of Siberia for days, enveloping entire cities in black smoke.

Environmentalists have warned that the scale of the blazes could accelerate global warming, aside from any immediate effects on the health of inhabitants.

About 3m hectares (7.4m acres) of land in the centre and east of the country were on fire on Wednesday, the authorities said.

The acrid smoke has affected small settlements as well as cities in Western Siberia and the Altai region, and also the Urals such as Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg. Air travel has also been disrupted.

Approximately 2,700 firefighters were tackling the fires. The defence ministry told news organisations that 10 planes and 10 helicopters had been dispatched to the Krasnoyarsk region, one of the worst affected.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire that’s smoldered for days near the Oregon border exploded to nearly 13,000 acres Tuesday morning, as heavy winds buffeted the flames, officials said. The Tucker Fire started Sunday at Highway 139 and Tucker Butte Road in Modoc County, six miles southwest of Clear Lake Reservoir, according to Cal Fire.

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Wildfires – Siberia

Massive wildfires sweeping through Russia have spread to an area the size of annexed Crimea as regional authorities have been slow to declare emergencies and firefighting efforts have been scaled back.

Scientists have observed an “unprecedented” number of wildfires in Siberia and the Russian Arctic since June. Russian authorities have said a combination of lightning and human activity may have sparked the flames.

More than 2.7 million hectares of remote forest is currently burning across six Siberian and Far East regions, according to Russia’s Federal Forestry Agency, an area roughly equal to the size of Crimea.

Regional emergency authorities have opted against extinguishing the more than 300 forest fires that are engulfing hard-to-reach areas, saying inhabited areas are “not under threat” and “projected extinguishing costs exceed their projected harm.”

It’s “pointless and at times even harmful” to try to extinguish the flames, Krasnoyarsk region governor Alexander Uss was quoted as saying by the Vedomosti business daily. Speaking at a youth forum on Sunday, Uss compared the wildfires to a summertime equivalent of winter blizzards.

More than 11 million hectares have been affected this wildfire season, Greenpeace Russia said in a statement Friday, calling on the authorities to step up firefighting efforts in the affected areas.

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Wildfires – Montana, USA

At least three wildfires are burning in western Montana. The largest is the North Hills Fire north of Helena which has burned about 4 square miles (10.5 square kilometers) and prompted the evacuation of about 100 homes.

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Wildfires – Croatia

Firefighters and Croatian army forces on Saturday joined a battle against wildfires threatening homes and wind power plants near the coastal Adriatic town of Sibenik. About 200 firefighters and 50 soldiers were deployed in the area south of Sibenik in the evening as the wind picked up strength and after firefighting aircraft that were deployed during the day had to withdraw for the night. Nobody has been hurt in the fires but people from about 30 houses in one village have been evacuated.

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Milepost 97 fire that started Wednesday night from an illegal campfire grew about 3,000 acres overnight to nearly 9,000 acres as of Saturday morning, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry and Douglas Forest Protective Association. Approximately 900 firefighting personnel, 15 helicopters, as well as large and small air tankers are currently assigned to the fire. Evacuation levels have been raised to level 1 (“Be Ready”) for homes on the west side of Interstate 5 between mileposts 83 and 88 near the Azalea area.

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Wildfires – Alaska

In Alaska, a series of wildfires driven by record high temperatures has consumed more than 1 million acres of forest. Similar fires in Greenland and Siberia have combined to make 2019’s Arctic wildfires unprecedented in recorded history. The fires come as new climate data revealed that last month was the hottest June ever observed, with July on pace to become Earth’s hottest month on record.