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Wildfires – Washington, USA

Lightning storms last weekend sparked several wildfires on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation including one that spread across 9,000 acres. One of the largest fires was at Gable Mountain in the center of Hanford. The mountain is considered both a biological and tribal sensitive area, where workers are not allowed without authorization.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Sawtooth Fire in the Superstition Mountains has burned 18,500 acres and forced nearby residents to leave their homes on Monday. Crews are fighting the wildfire by air and on the ground just two miles northeast of the Peralta Trailhead in the Tonto National Forest. Officials say lightning-caused the blaze on Sunday, and there are now at least 200 firefighters working it.

Wildfires – Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) tackled three separate wildfires on Monday involving up to 200 firefighters. The fires broke out at sites in Newry, Castlewellan and Armoy.

Wildfires – Jordan

Olive trees are among the most damaged by an extraordinary number of fires hitting one of the most important regions in Jordan for forestry and olive oil making. In the Jerash province, farmers believe that an area of 6,000 dunum (almost 1,500 acres) has already been devastated. While the destruction included oranges, lemons and other fruits, many centuries-old olive trees were caught in the firestorms.

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Wildfires – UK

Firefighters in Scotland, Surrey and Lancashire were tackling ‘significant’ blazes yesterday after warning that scarce rainfall and dry vegetation would provide ‘all of the ingredients’ for wildfires to spread. It comes as one of the country’s driest ever May’s came to an end, in one of the sunniest springs on record. Temperatures reached highs of 28C yesterday – far higher than the average for the time of year, the Met Office said.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Firefighters stopped forward progress of a wildfire that quickly burned through hundreds of acres and destroyed 10 homes in Cave Creek Saturday. According to the Arizona State Forestry and Fire Management, the Ocotillo Fire reached an estimated 1,216 acres Saturday night with 5% containment.

The fast-moving blaze forced the evacuation of numerous homes in the area north of Cave Creek Road, east of New River Road, west of Scopa Trail, and south of the Tonto National Forest boundary.

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Wildfires – Arctic

Active wildfires are being detected in the Arctic Circle as an unusually warm and dry spring threatens to bring back infernos that ravaged the region last year, scientists have warned.

Satellites belonging to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) are tracking multiple hotspots, leading to the suspicion that “zombie fires” – smouldering remnants of record blazes in 2019 are reactivating after a period of lull.

The risk of wildfires is significantly enhanced by abnormal arid conditions as seen in Europe during March and April.

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Wildfires – Siberia

Since the beginning of the year, 5,626 wildfire outbreaks were recorded in Russia ravaging more than 852,00 hectares of territories. However, compared to the same period last year, the number of fires remained the same but the territory decreased by 30%. At the same time, the wildfires destroyed 251 buildings including 48 residential buildings. Compared to the same period in 2019, 30% fewer buildings burned down.

At the moment there are 64 forest fires burning, the total area is 13,000 hectares.

Wildfires – Nova Scotia, Canada

Firefighters in Nova Scotia continued to battle three significant wildfires in three counties, including two fires that were brought under control on Tuesday.

The Department of Lands and Forestry said dry conditions across the province fuelled the wildfires in Yarmouth, Kings and Antigonish counties, which all broke out on Monday.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Firefighters with air support were suppressing a lightning-sparked wildfire Sunday in southeastern Colorado that had burned more than 11,818 acres over the past four days.

Las Animas County and state authorities decided to suppress this Cherry Canyon fire, burning in canyon country near the Purgatoire River about 10 miles west of Kim, even though people and buildings weren’t threatened.

A separate fire of unknown origin was burning nearby about 120 acres northeast of the Cherry Canyon fire. Neither fire was controlled as of Sunday night.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the desert hills north of Phoenix on Monday after a human-caused wildfire quickly grew as more hot and windy weather threaten to fan the flames further. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said the blaze is known as the “East Desert Fire” has grown up to 1,500 acres as of Monday morning, and continues to move northeast near the town of Cave Creek.

Wildfires – Manitoba, Canada

Multiple high-risk fires burning in south-central Manitoba have prompted the province to immediately suspend burning permits, after at least 120 people living in some communities north of Dauphin, Man., were forced to evacuate their homes to escape wildfires. High winds had pushed a couple of fires together to create a blaze of approximately 2,500 hectares.

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Wildfires – Turkey

A forest fire broke out in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (TRNC) coastal city of Girne on Sunday, as heat waves continued to grip the island. The fire occurred in forestland in the Tepebaşı district. The wildfire has scorched hundreds of acres of forest near the tip of Morphou Bay in the north and has forced the evacuation of dozens of people while some needed medical care.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

Two wildfires broke out on Wednesday May 13th in the Golden Gate community in central Collier County, Florida, west of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. These fires were aided by high winds and extremely low humidity and have grown to more than 8,500 acres. Due to their close proximity, the wildfires are now being reported as one fire, the ‘36th Ave SE Fire’. Crews have also responded to spot fires south of I-75 on the Picayune Strand State Forest, which have grown to 5 000 acres.

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Wildfires – Siberia

Wildfires in Siberia and the Russian Far East have become as much as ten times worse compared to this time last year, according to Ecowatch. Experts say this is due to the current climate crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, which have contributed to the destruction of these fires.

As of April 27, ten times the amount of land was on fire in the Krasnoyarsk region in Russia. This is being compared to the same time last year. In Transbaikal, a southern region of Russia, there is three times as much land burning. It has also been reported that in the Amur region, there were 1.5 times as many fires burning compared to last year.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

The Hurst Hammock Fire near Beulah is now 1,248 acres and is 75% contained, and the 5 Mile Swamp Fire in Santa Rosa County is 2,215 acres and is also 75% contained, according to the Florida Forest Service Service. The Hurst Hammock fire was caused by humans, not nature, the Forest Service said, but the exact cause has not been determined.

Wildfires – Israel

Five fire crews are working to extinguish bushfires that broke out in a number of locations on Sunday and are currently threatening homes in Elad, in central Israel. Fire and Rescue services on the scene are attempting to block the spread of the fires and prevent property damage.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

Florida is now dealing with a second disaster unfolding amidst the pandemic: A wildfire raged out of control in Santa Rosa County late Wednesday in the Panhandle, destroying homes, forcing emergency evacuations and shutting down nine miles of Interstate 10. At least 500 people have been evacuated and 18 homes destroyed, Florida Forest Service officials said in a Wednesday night news conference. The fire has consumed about 2,000 acres. It was just 20 percent contained when officials spoke at about 9 p.m.

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Wildfires – Texas, USA

The Holcombe Road fire in West Texas has finally been contained after burning about 25 000 acres.

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Wildfires – Siberia

Wildfires in Siberia and the Russian Far East are as much as 10 times worse compared to this time last year, as the climate crisis and the coronavirus pandemic join forces to fan the flames.

As of April 27, ten times the amount of land was on fire in the Krasnoyarsk region compared to the same time last year, The Siberian Times reported. In Transbaikal, meanwhile, three times as much land was burning, and in the Amur region, there were 1.5 times as many fires.

Around five million acres of Russian forest and grassland were on fire, and the largest fire was one million acres total.

The regions of Kemerovo and Novosibirsk among others have been the hardest hit to date. In Novosibirsk, around 50 homes were burned and in Kemerovo, 27

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Wildfires – Australia

More than 100 firefighters have battled for hours to contain a raging bushfire that burnt out of control and threatened residents and their homes in the small town of Lake Clifton in Perth’s south.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

A wildfire fire sparked by mistake and fed by drought burned more than 1,200 acres in South Florida’s Everglades and continues to smolder despite pockets of drenching rain over the weekend. The so-called Sunday Afternoon fire that has seared sawgrass prairie, melaleuca and Australian Pine in Everglades National Park began April 19 and was 70 percent contained as of Monday.

Fires on adjacent state-owned land were mostly extinguished, but concerns are mounting that relaxed coronavirus orders could mean more unintended ignitions with 65 percent of the state in moderate to severe drought.