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Wildfires – California, USA – Update

Firefighters have made steady progress in containing some of California’s largest and most destructive wildfires.

The Carr Fire has burned more than 224,000 acres and is 79 percent contained.

The Mendocino Complex Fires have cumulatively burned more than 331,000 acres and is 76 percent contained.

The Holy Fire in Orange County has burned nearly 23,000 acres and is 85 percent contained.

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Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

The Canadian province of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency as thousands of firefighters battle more than 500 wildfires with little relief in sight.

About 566 wildfires are currently burning across the west coast province, prompting the evacuation of some 3,000 people. Another 18,000 residents have been warned that they may have to flee their homes at a moment’s notice.

So far this year more than 1,800 fires have charred some 380,000 hectares (939,000 acres), making it the province’s fourth worst fire season since it began keeping track in 1950.

The fires have left a wide swath of western Canada, including metro Vancouver, blanketed in a thick layer of smoke and haze. Public health officials are warning residents in some regions to avoid strenuous exercise and stay indoors as much as possible.

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Wildfires – Australia

A number of homes on the New South Wales south coast remain under threat from two out-of-control bushfires being whipped up by increasingly strong winds. An emergency warning has been issued for people near Yankees Gap Road at Bemboka and for the Mount Kingiman fire south of Ulladulla.

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Wildfires – Russia

Russia this year has suffered the most Arctic wildfires since satellite monitoring started as climate change creates the conditions necessary for blazes to start and then take hold.

Monitoring by two Nasa satellites recorded 10,057 hotspots in Russia’s Arctic territory by the start of August, 10 times more than were found in the same period a decade ago. That number is the highest since the satellites recorded their first full year of images in 2003.

Wildfires – Greece

Greek fire crews have evacuated two villages on an island near Athens as a fire continues to rage through a pine forest, fanned by strong winds. The blaze took hold in a dry pine forest in the Dirfyon municipal region at 3.20pm (local time) Sunday and is heading towards the evacuated villages, close to Athens. The fires prompted the mass evacuation of Kontodespoti and Stavros village in central Evia, about 70 km (44 miles) from Athens, which was described as a precaution.

Wildfires – Washington, USA

Lightning strikes this weekend sparked dozens of Washington state wildfires. Strong winds spread new and existing ones, even as the cooler, wetter weather provided temporary aid to fire crews in some areas.

There are two dozen large fires in Washington and Oregon involving 256,451 acres, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) said Sunday morning. More than 8,580 people, including firefighters and support personnel, are assigned to fight the blazes.

Washington recorded more than 180 lightning strikes over the 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. Sunday, as thunderstorms rolled across the Northwest. Strong winds fanned flames across an already dry landscape.

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Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Crews continued to do battle against a surge of new wildfires across the province, as thousands of residents in B.C.’s northwest are on alert for potential evacuation.

On Saturday morning, the Cariboo Regional District issued an expanded evacuation order for 900 properties in the northwest corner of the region. Another evacuation alert was issued for a large area an hour’s drive west of Quesnel which affects around 2,000 residents.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A smoky haze caused by the California wildfires stretching from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range to Sacramento and San Francisco appears to have drifted as far east as New York and parts of New England. The National Weather Service revealed Wednesday that smoke from the wildfires has made its way to the East Coast and beyond, although more than a mile above ground level.

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Wildfires – Portugal

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling blazes for a seventh day in the popular tourist area of the Algarve in Portugal. Extremely high temperatures have been blamed for sparking the wildfires.

Wildfires – Australia

Three bushfires that were burning out of control near Darwin in the Northern Territory have been downgraded to Advice level warnings after threatening homes at one stage. Earth-movers and water-bombing aircraft were brought in to help bring the fires under control.

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Wildfires – California, USA

California is battling its largest wildfire ever recorded, along with 15 other major ones across the state.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is actually two separate fires, both of which began burning in late July: the Ranch Fire and the River Fire. They haven’t merged yet, but they are close enough to each other that officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection are counting them as one huge wildfire.

As of the morning of Aug. 7, the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned 283,800 acres (115,000 hectares) of land in northern California around Clear Lake and is only 30 percent contained. Fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and wind, the fire has destroyed nearly 170 homes and other structures.

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Authorities have released details on the numerous wildfires still burning across western, central Colorado here.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A massive, out-of-control Northern California wildfire that destroyed 68 homes and forced thousands to flee has become the fifth largest in state history, officials said on Sunday, as crews battled high temperatures and strong winds.

The Mendocino Complex Fire, made up of two separate conflagrations that merged near Ukiah, north of Sacramento, exploded by 25 percent overnight and had blackened nearly 400 square miles as of Sunday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The Mendocino Complex Fire has charred more than 254,000 acres, making it the fifth largest blaze in California’s history.

Wildfires – Portugal

Temperatures in Portugal, at the crest of a European heat wave, began to ease from near record levels on Sunday, but a forest fire raged for a third day in the south, battled by 800 firefighters and 12 aircraft. Flames have consumed more than 1000 hectares of forest, in the hilly Monchique area in the southern Algarve region popular with tourists.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather continued to grow in Northern California, destroying 55 homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee their neighborhoods.

California fire officials said Saturday that the two fires about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of San Francisco were 27 percent contained and have grown to almost 250 square miles (648 kilometers).

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Currently, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are 16 fires burning in Oregon, totally roughly 151,603 acres.

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Record heat is stoking wildfires in Europe — and it’s setting off World War II bombs

At the end of July, firefighters grappling with a forest fire southwest of Berlin were further challenged by unexploded World War II ammunition still buried there.

Firefighters had trouble getting inside a pine forest near Fichtenwalde, which is about 35km from the German capital, because of safety concerns. There were signs that some explosives had already gone off because of the fire.

The fire came within about a half-mile (almost 1km) of the village of Fichtenwald before firefighters were able to halt the flames. Because of the leftover ammunition, they employed an extinguishing tank — a tracked vehicle used by emergency responders in dangerous situations. Such tanks are sometimes built on the frame of a battle tank.

The heatwave in Germany has driven water levels so low along the Elbe River that weapons and ammunition from World War II have started to emerge. At the city of Magdeburg, the water level is just a few centimeters above the historic low measured in 1934.

In Saxony-Anhalt in eastern Germany, police have warned people not to touch the grenades, mines, or other weapons that have started to appear. Munitions were found in five places last week, and over the past few weeks there have been 24 such finds.

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Wildfires – California, Oregon, USA

Since July 13, the Ferguson Fire has burned more than 56,000 acres in California’s Sierra National Forest. Yosemite National Park, a neighbor, has avoided the flames, but not the smoke — or the closures. Much of the park has been closed since last week, although officials hope to reopen those sites on Friday.

The Taylor Creek Fire burning west of Grants Pass has closed a popular section of the Rogue River, as of Tuesday morning. The fire also brought a new round of evacuation warnings along the river, even as fire teams made progress on the blaze. The wildfire in Oregon reached 24,965 acres Monday morning, even with fire teams making some progress during the past two days.

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Wildfires – Sydney, Australia

Sydney residents are set to endure poor air quality as smoke from a large uncontrolled bushfire in a military reserve spreads across the city. Wollongong and South Coast residents are also expected to be affected by smoke from the large blaze in the Holsworthy military reserve, 25km southwest of Sydney’s CBD.

Unexploded military ordnance and dense bushland has hampered efforts to contain the blaze, with aircraft and firefighters told to avoid getting too close to the fire front. Instead, firefighters have begun a 4000-hectare backburning campaign, which has greatly contributed to the smoke haze.

Wildfires – California, Texas, Oregon, USA

More than 50,000 people have been evacuated in Northern California bushfires that have killed six, including two children and their great-grandmother, as fire crews battled on to quell flames that have destroyed entire neighbourhoods.

Officials said a second firefighter, who died fighting a huge blaze near Yosemite National Park, was among the six confirmed deaths.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Sunday that 12,000 firefighters were battling 17 significant fires in California.

The Carr fire, the deadliest and most destructive of nearly 90 fires burning from Texas to Oregon, has charred 36,095 hectares of drought-parched vegetation since erupting last Monday. More than 5,012 structures were threatened by the fire, officials said. The flames destroyed 517 structures and damaged 135.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Taylor Creek Fire roared to life Thursday, sending a smoke column 10,000 feet in the sky and crossing containment lines in a few places. The wildfire burning west of Grants Pass and Merlin grew to 16,500 acres by Friday morning. That’s an increase of almost 3,000 acres, and a level 3 evacuation has been issued for Taylor Creek Road, near Galice outside Grants Pass, due to the Taylor Creek Fire.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Firefighters are battling several wildfires across the state that is prompting hundreds of people to evacuate.

The Cranston Fire is exploding in the mountains east of Los Angeles, growing to 4,700 acres in just a few hours near the town of Idyllwild — 500 firefighters are battling giant flames, strong winds, and scorching temperatures. At least one home was destroyed. The entire community has been evacuated.

Near Yosemite, the Ferguson Fire continues to grow, now at 41, 576 acres and 26 percent contained. As the fire inches closer, visitors to the park forced to leave. Thick smoke is everywhere.