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Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Advancing flames of a wildfire have forced the evacuation of the hamlet of La Crete in northern Alberta. More than 9,000 people have been forced from their homes due to out of control wildfires in the region. The Chuckegg Creek, Jackpot Creek and McMillan complex wildfires together cover an area of about 6,750 square kilometres.

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Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Nearly 5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in northern Alberta, Canada, to escape a monstrous blaze that has reached nearly 230,000 acres, officials in the province said. The Chuckegg Creek Wildfire, burning in Mackenzie County just two miles south of the town of High Level, has been torching ground for more than two days. It is just one of a “number of out-of-control wildfires” burning in the province.

The town of Slave Lake, where four new wildfires began Tuesday, also is on high alert. Three of the fires had been extinguished and one was “being held,” officials said. The city’s hotels are packed with evacuees fleeing the fire in High Level.

Wildfires – Trinidad and Tobago

Three natural oil seepage pits in Guapo, used for disposal of bio-hazardous water material, ignited on Tuesday. And fire officers battled for almost ten hours to prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby communities. The blaze was triggered by a bush fire.

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Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

An out-of-control wildfire continues to burn in the Notikewin area, approximately 10 kilometres northwest of the town of Manning, Alberta. The fire is estimated to be more than 23,000 hectares in size, and wildfire danger in the Peace River Forest Area has been labelled “extreme.” Over 200 firefighters, five air tankers and 18 helicopters are helping in the firefight.

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Wildfires – Siberia

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A large wildfire on a hill near Komsomolsk-on-Amur has stifled the far-east city in smoke. Locals say the authorities have failed to tackle the fires. A train confronted by the fire was abandoned by the driver.

Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Firefighters on the ground near Bruderheim, Alta., have been working hard to keep raging wildfire flames away from homes but dry, windy conditions are complicating their efforts after multiple large grassfires ignited Saturday.

Wildfires – Texas, USA

Firefighters in the Texas Panhandle are working to contain a wildfire that has blackened more than 69,000 acres. Nearly 300 firefighters are at the blaze, which began last week about 40 miles southeast of Amarillo and not far from Palo Duro Canyon, the Texas A&M Forest Service reported Sunday. The fire was about 15 percent contained Sunday afternoon.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 20s (Fakir), located approximately 288 nm south-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 12 knots.

NewsBytes:

Alberta, Canada – A local state of emergency has been declared in Southern Alberta after the worst flooding the region has seen in over twenty years. Homes and major roads are now completely engulfed in water. Dozens of people have been evacuated from their homes, and up to 560 kilometres of major roads have been shut down. Surprisingly, the floods aren’t being caused by rain, but by melting snow from the spring weather spike. Alberta temperatures are expected to soar up to 22°C this week, way above average for this time of year. Meaning that water levels are rising way faster than Alberta can keep up with.

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Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

The 300 firefighters from South Africa who arrived recently to assist in the Alberta wildfires have gone on strike over a pay dispute!

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Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Oil sands producers Canadian Natural Resources Limited and Cenovus Energy shut projects and evacuated workers at Pelican Lake projects in northern Alberta as wildfires again threaten western Canadian output just as production begins to recover.

The lightning-sparked fire, roughly 75 hectares in size, and blowing away from the facility, is some 19 miles from the community of Wabasca, fire official Travis Fairweather said.

The Pelican Lake fire is about 100 miles southwest of the massive wildfire still burning east of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Last month that blaze forced 90,000 residents to flee the city and shut down more than 1 million barrels per day of oil sands output.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Fire crews have been busy working multiple wildfires across Arizona.

A fire in Elgin, Ariz. burned over 1,000 acres on Monday. The fire started along Longview Loop and is currently 90 percent contained.

The Mule Ridge Fire, which was discovered on May 31, is now 85 percent contained. According to officials, the blaze has burned over 8,500 acres near Ruby, Ariz. The fire was said to have been originated in Mexico. It soon crossed over into Arizona territory.

The Juniper Fire near Young, Ariz. is 20 percent contained. It has scorched 23,000 acres. Officials said the fire, which was first reported on May 17, was caused by a spark from lightning.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The 2,400-acre Juniper Fire near Young is being managed to actually benefit the ecosystem. Other lightning-caused fires being monitored in the region include the 2,170-acre Cowboy Fire eight miles south of Flagstaff just off Interstate 17, the 1,200-acre Mormon Fire six miles east of Munds Park and the 1,000-acre Pivot Fire eight miles northeast of Strawberry.

Wildfires – Alberta Canada – Update

Fire conditions are high to extreme in northeastern Alberta.

The Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control. It is estimated to cover 576,781 hectares in Alberta and about 3,200 hectares in Saskatchewan.

As of 7 a.m., there were 20 active wildfires in Alberta, with one out of control.

The fire in the Peace River area is now under control.

There are 2,309 firefighters, 104 helicopters, 261 pieces of heavy equipment and 24 air tankers currently battling the fires across Alberta.

Wildfire crews from across the world are currently supporting – or en route to support – the efforts in Alberta, including:

298 firefighters from South Africa

198 firefighters from the United States

111 firefighters from British Columbia

85 firefighters from Ontario

30 firefighters from Northwest Territories

28 firefighters from Parks Canada

Seven firefighters from New Brunswick

Eight firefighters from Saskatchewan

Two firefighters from Manitoba

Three firefighters from Newfoundland/Prince Edward Island

Three firefighters from Nova Scotia

With higher humidity in the forecast and the potential for showers, it is expected that firefighting conditions will improve through the weekend.

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Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

The massive wildfire burning around the oil sands hub of Fort McMurray was growing and moving rapidly north late on Monday, forcing firefighters to shift their focus to protecting major oil sand facilities north of the city, officials said.

The sudden movement of the fire prompted the evacuation of some 4,000 people from work camps outside Fort McMurray, with all northbound traffic once again cut off at the city, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said.

The entire population of Fort McMurray, about 90,000 people, was forced to flee nearly two weeks ago as the uncontrolled wildfire raged through some neighbourhoods and destroyed about 15 percent of structures.

On Monday, the blaze continued to burn uncontrolled, now covering 285,000 hectares (704,000 acres), officials said. By Monday evening it was moving 30 to 40 meters (98 to 131 feet) every minute and had jumped a critical firebreak north of the city to push into the oil sand camp areas.

Roughly a million barrels per day of oil sands crude production was shut in as a precaution and because of disruptions to regional pipelines, and much of that production remains offline.

Wildfires – Nepal

Wildfires have destroyed more than 60,000 hectares of conserved forest in the national parks and conservation areas in Nepal this year/

As many as 19,300 hectares of forest in Bardiya National Park; 18,640 hectares in Chitwan National Park; 16,500 hectares in Banke National Park; 6,854 hectares in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve; 2,605 hectares in Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park; six hectares in Khaptad National Park and one hectare in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve was raged by the wildfires.

Records of five years show that Nepal witnessed the highest count of wildfires (around 2800) in the month of April alone.

Earlier in April, NASA had reported that as many as 1.3 million hectares (over 3.7 million acres) of forest cover in Nepal was affected by wildfires in two weeks till April 11. A record number of fires were reported in the country on April 10. NASA said the satellite imagery showed that 457 forests across the country were affected by fires with the worst affected being Sindhuli district, whose 40 per cent forest cover was reduced to ashes.

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Wildfires – Canada – Alberta – Update

The vast, intense wildfire that has forced more than 100,000 people to flee the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray was spreading overnight, threatening the local airport and engulfing more communities, authorities said.

More than 1,600 homes and buildings have already been destroyed by the “heartbreaking” blaze, which has turned skies blood-red and rained ash on residents fleeing on crowded highways. More than 18,500 acres have already been scorched.

The entire province of Alberta was under a state of emergency early Thursday as crews frantically battled wind-whipped flames that were heading towards more homes.

Local officials announced a mandatory evacuation late Wednesday of the communities of Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation — which lie roughly 30 miles south of Fort McMurray.

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Wildfires – Canada

Crews were fighting four new out-of-control wildfires in west-central and northwestern Alberta on Tuesday. Provincial wildfire officials said two of the fires were burning in the backcountry south of Edson. Another fire was southwest of Nordegg near Highway 11. There was also a blaze near Grande Prairie.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Wildfires in the Big Cypress National Preserve in eastern Collier County grew larger Wednesday, forcing a closure of a large swath of the preserve north and south of Interstate 75. The fire has spread to encompass more than 4000 acres.

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Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Wildfires in Alberta have more than doubled so far this year thanks to an unusually dry spring, officials say.

Last year at this time there had been 154 wildfires, but there have been 339 so far in 2015. The five-year average for the province is 245 wildfires by the first week of May.

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Wildfires in Fort McMurray area, Alberta, Canada

Despite the Wildfire Hazard Level for the Waterways area being lowered slightly to “High,” five new wildfires were ignited in the Fort McMurray area Tuesday evening, each caused by lightning.

There are currently four wildfires still burning in the area, all of which are northeast of the city. Two of the fires are classified as “being held” and two are considered “under control.” No communities or industrial sites are being threatened by the fires.

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Wildfires – New Mexico, USA

A wildfire churning through grass and brush has forced evacuations near Silver City.

Wildfires – Alberta, Canada – Update

Despite the dry conditions in and around the capital region, fire crews outside of Edmonton are busy with a number of small wildfires. South of Spruce Grove, about 35 firefighters are dealing with a wildfire in a field west of Edmonton, while the fire near Slave Lake is being held.

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Fierce winds stoking massive wildfires in southern Alberta, Canada have prompted evacuations in the towns of Coalhurst, Milk River and parts of Lethbridge.