Wildfires – UK
The UK has been hit by nearly a hundred large wildfires in 2019, making it the worst year on record already. The hot spell in February and the recent Easter heatwave have contributed to a total of 96 major wildfires of 25 hectares or larger, eclipsing the previous high of 79 across the whole of 2018.
Wildfires – Siberia
Large wildfires that have been burning in grasslands (steppe) in southern Siberia for about a week. A State of Emergency has been declared in the Transbaikal region where about 1,200 personnel are battling the blazes. The province of Khabarovsk is also affected. Satellite images show the extent of the blazes.
Wildfires – Siberia
Massive steppe wildfires, propelled by strong winds, have destroyed more than a hundred houses in the Siberian region of Trans-Baikal, leaving hundreds of local residents homeless. More than 400 people were affected by the wildfires that got out of control in the remote Russian region on the Mongolian border. At least, 111 houses in 15 villages were lost in the disaster, the governor’s office said. The people evacuated in time and there have been no fatalities related to the fires.
Wildfires – Mexico
An image from NASA Earth Observatory shows a large wildfire burning in a forest located west of Cienega de Escobar in Durango, Mexico. According to news reports, the fire is one of 95 wildfires burning in 18 Mexican states.
Wildfires – Scotland
A series of wildfires took hold on the north side of the Isle of Bute. The fire service said a large area of moorland and forestry were affected.
Wildfires – Ethiopia
A group of ten firefighters from Israel and an expert from the Home Front Command arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday to help with the wildfires that have been burning out of control for two weeks in the Simien Mountains in the north of the country. One member of the group is an expert in aerial firefighting techniques. The mountains are a World Heritage Site and one of the country’s main tourist attractions. The national park is home to several rare animal species including the Waliya ibex and Gelada baboon.
Wildfires – Thailand
Forest fires have damaged more than 2.6 million rai of land in nine northern provinces, according to a satellite image report by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency. During January 1- March 16, 2,680,634 rai of land was destroyed in wildfires (about 430 000 hectares).
Wildfires – Brunei
Firefighters have been handling 57 reports of forest and bush fires since early March, as Brunei Darussalam enters the second phase of the northeast monsoon season with very limited rainfall.
Wildfires – South Korea
Thousands of firefighters and soldiers are starting to contain wildfires in South Korea on Friday which have killed one person and forced more than 4,000 people to flee their homes, the South Korean government said.
The fires broke out in eastern Gangwon Province on Thursday evening and spread to the cities of Sokcho and Gangneung, burning about 525 hectares (1,297 acres) and some 198 homes, warehouses and other buildings by early Friday.
Wildfires – China
China’s government said on Tuesday that at least 30 people have died fighting a wildfire high in the mountains of the country’s Sichuan province. The blaze was contained on Tuesday as smoke continued to lift into sky from the smoldering forest.
The victims included 27 firefighters and three local residents that were recruited to help battle the blaze, which erupted on Saturday, March 30.
Over 15,000 are battling a forest fire in the country’s Shanxi province. More than 4,600 residents have been evacuated to safety in the region.
Wildfires – Thailand
Wildfires and crop burning are blanketing the region with smog. Chiang Mai’s air quality index was 379, the worst major urban reading globally and a level that’s hazardous, according to IQAir AirVisual pollution data.
Wildfires – Florida, USA
A more than 600-acre wildfire in Bay County is a preview of the coming months as millions of tons of downed trees remain strewn across parts of Northwest Florida after Hurricane Michael, the state’s agriculture commissioner warned Monday. The blaze near the city of Callaway required homes to be evacuated and was about 50 percent contained by Monday morning.
This weekend’s blaze, if it occurred a year ago, may have been limited to three to five acres. But like many parts of the heavily rural region where Hurricane Michael caused massive damage in October, the downed trees have caused problems for firefighters to gain access, along with providing fuel for the fire.
Wildfires – New Jersey, USA
A wildfire that started in Penn State Forest on Saturday is now raging across 10,000 acres of forest in Burlington County, but about 75 percent of it is contained, authorities said Sunday.
Wildfires – Australia
A number of buildings have been damaged or destroyed by fire in central Victoria, with several grassfires burning west and south of Ballarat.
One fire had been threatening homes at Bunkers Hill, Cardigan, Haddon, Kopke, Lucas and Smythes Creek and a second larger fire earlier threatened properties at Mount Mercer, about 30 kilometres south of Ballarat.
Both fires have now been contained or brought under control and the crisis has eased.
Wildfires – Portugal
Hundreds of Portuguese firefighters struggled on Wednesday to contain wildfires which erupted far earlier in the season than usual because of unexpectedly hot and windy weather. Ten fires were burning across the country, most in the north, several months before the late spring season when fire crews are normally in place.
Wildfires – Indonesia
The total area lost to wildfires in Riau, a province of Indonesia, this year has increased to 2,719 hectares. The worst wildfires were recorded on Rupat Island, where peatland was on fire throughout February, causing thick smoke that spread to the city of Dumai on the Sumatran mainland.
Wildfires – Florida, USA
Firefighters were continuing late Friday afternoon to battle two wildfires that began Thursday on the Eglin Air Force base’s test ranges in Santa Rosa County and had consumed a total of 2,400 acres as of the last report from Eglin’s Wildland Support Branch.
Wildfires – Malaysia
Firefighters in Sarawak are battling bushfires that have spread in nine districts over the past 24 hours. Hotspots have been detected even in the night and pre-dawn hours, and firefighters are working hard to contain these fires. Many of these fires are caused by deliberate open burning to clear the land.