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Wildfires – California, USA

Firefighters on Saturday were battling a wildfire that broke out in the rugged mountains along Big Sur, forcing hundreds of residents on this precarious stretch of the California coast to evacuate and authorities to shut its main roadway.

The fire started Friday night in a steep canyon and quickly spread toward the sea, fanned by strong winds up to 50 mph. The blaze burned at least 2.3 square miles of brush and redwood trees.

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Wildfires – Australia

One firefighter working on the Coles Fire in South Australia has been killed and another hospitalized in a falling tree incident, the state’s Country Fire Service announced on Friday. The Coles Fire, first reported January 19, has burned 3,835 ha (9,476 a) about 28 km (17 miles) west-northwest of Coonawarra in southeast South Australia.

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Wildfires – Australia

For the past two weeks, pastoralists, including Tim and Chris Higham, in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region have been battling ferocious bushfires that have destroyed property and livestock. When lightning struck on January 6, three fires broke out in the area, plus another further north. Combined with strong winds and a significant fuel load, two of the fires joined together to form one mammoth blaze.

More than 340,000 hectares have been burnt across the Gascoyne Complex fires, according to DFES incident controller Peter Norman. Although the fires have now been brought under control, firefighters remain cautious about possible flare-ups.

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Wildfires – Texas, USA

A wildfire in a Central Texas state park forced the evacuation of dozens of homes Tuesday in the city of Bastrop and officials said a prescribed burn may be to blame. The fire started in Bastrop State Park as wind gusts of up to 20 mph (32 kph) spread the flames. About 640 acres (249 hectares) have burned.

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Wildfires – Paraguay

Wildfires in southern Paraguay have left behind dozens of scorched livestock and 10,000 hectares of burned forests and grasslands during the last three days. Video showed burnt, and rotting carcasses of livestock were strewn on grasslands, stark evidence of the devastating effects of massive bushfires on cattle unable to flee in time or trapped behind fences. According to firefighters, some 200 cattle, sheep, horses, and wild animals have died due to the fires that started on Tuesday (January 11) in Caapucu, southern Paraguay, following the burning of garbage in the area.

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Wildfires – Argentina

With temperatures climbing upwards, firefighters were deployed ahead of the weekend to forest fires in nine of Argentina’s 23 provinces, including one blaze that has been active for more than a month. Nearly 100 firefighters and support staff, reinforced by planes and helicopters, were fighting the largest of the fires in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. The park is located near the tourist city of Bariloche, about 1,500 kilometers (950 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires.

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Wildfires – Argentina

Wildfires began in Argentina’s Patagonia region in early December 2021, most likely due to a lightning strike. December is summertime in Argentina, and unfortunately that often comes with drought conditions that make wildfires common in the area. In addition to dry conditions, Argentine firefighters have also been battling winds sometimes in excess of 45 mph, AP reports, which has helped spread the flames, and authorities estimate almost 10,000 acres of native forest have been lost to the blaze.

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Wildfires – Australia

Stranded holidaymakers are set to be evacuated from the West Australian tourist hotspot of Eagle Bay as firefighters continue to battle an uncontrolled bushfire. An emergency warning remains in place for parts of Eagle Bay, Naturaliste and Dunsborough in the city of Busselton. The blaze has burned through about 220 hectares but it’s believed no homes have been lost.

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Wildfires – Uganda

Over 100 people were left homeless as a bushfire razes 20 Huts in Pader, Uganda. The wildfire suspected to have originated from the neighboring villages razed the grass-thatched huts leaving their occupants in the cold. No cases of injuries or death have been reported connected to the fire.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA – Update

The Colorado wildfires have now been extinguished by overnight snowfall. Three people are missing and feared dead in the wake of the Marshall fire, the Boulder County sheriff said Saturday [afternoon], and nearly 1,000 structures have been destroyed, making the blaze by far the most destructive in Colorado history.

Total numbers are 991 structures destroyed and 127 damaged.

Louisville: Destroyed – 553 Damaged – 45

Superior: Destroyed – 332 Damaged – 60

Unincorporated Boulder County: Destroyed: 106 Damaged: 22

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Wildfires – Australia

Authorities have revealed the cause of a major bushfire that killed livestock and burned thousands of hectares near the South Australia-Victoria border. The large fire, which is not yet under control, was sparked by a car fire on New Year’s Eve about 1.30pm.

Fire crews are continuing to work on building containment lines to stop further spread of the grass and scrub fire near the local communities of Poolaijelo and Langkoop. An estimated 7330 hectares had been burnt by Sunday afternoon.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

The Marshall fire has grown to over 6 000 acres with the number of burned houses expected to rise from 580. There are 1 778 houses within the perimeter of the fire. But not all of them were affected. However, the number of burned structures may rise to over 1 000. As entire subdivisions were wiped out, many household plumbing systems were also damaged or destroyed, which led to water gushing from the remains of structures. This depleted the water available at fire hydrants which became a challenge for firefighters. There have still been no reports of fatalities, which would be very remarkable considering the rapid spread of the blaze which allowed some residents only minutes to escape.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Fast-moving wildfires in Colorado swept through suburban areas near Denver on Thursday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in Boulder County and burning at least 580 homes, a shopping complex and a hotel, the authorities said.

The wildfires came unusually late in the year for Colorado, where severe drought conditions in recent months have set the stage for such blazes to easily spread.

The fires started on Thursday morning, officials said, and more than 1,600 acres had burned by the evening. The specific cause was unclear as of early Friday morning. Though a number of small blazes burned through Boulder County, some converged into two larger ones that state authorities named the Marshall and Middle Fork fires.

Record Smoke

Huge clouds of smoke from wildfires that again blackened parts of Siberia this year blew northward 1,800 miles, reaching the North Pole for the first time in recorded history. Forestry officials say more than 35 million acres burned over the summer, making it the second-worst fire season this century. Some of the uncontrolled blazes raged on top of permafrost in Russia’s largest and typically coldest region.

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Wildfires – Argentina, Chile

A large fire, that has been ravaging Argentina’s Patagonia region for several weeks, has intensified in recent days.

Fires remain active within a radius of about 500 kilometers (311 miles) in the region, one of the most important areas being the tourist destination of Bariloche, around a local lake in the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

The fire is rampant around the Lago Martin and Steffen areas and although access to the parks is closed, it is severely affecting the population of that area, mostly locals who live near the mountains, in the border area with Chile.

Wildfires continue to ravage parts of Chile. The agriculture minister has now declared an emergency in the region which lies to the south of the Santiago region.

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Wildfires – Bark Beetles Kill More Pines

In California’s Sierra Nevada, western pine beetle infestations amped up by global warming were found to kill 30% more ponderosa pine trees than the beetles do under drought alone. New research shows that warming shortens the time between beetle generations, supercharging beetle population growth. That can then spur catastrophic mortality in forest systems during drought in the Sierra Nevada and throughout the Western United States.

Wildfires – Australia

Two bushfires that burnt through hundreds of hectares and destroyed one home in searing temperatures in Western Australia have been contained. The Chidlow fire is “contained, under control, and stationary” after razing about 165 hectares, however, the burning embers remain concerning. The Margaret River fire is also contained, however, it remains out-of-control within the containment lines. It is moving in a southwesterly direction with about 100 firefighters and a large air tanker at the scene.

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Wildfires – Kansas, USA

The Kansas Forest Service said Thursday that 11 large fires burned nearly 400,000 acres this week in the state which is entering its dry season while the extreme western part is impacted by drought. The agency reported that the largest fire, dubbed for now the “Four Counties Fire” which is in portions of four counties between Codell and Russell, burned approximately 365,000 acres.