Wildfires

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 – Syria

At least 10 people have been killed in Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria since Thursday while trying to extinguish mass wildfires that have recently spread across thousands of acres of farmland, a war monitor reported. Those who perished had been trying to extinguish fires in the countryside of Al-Hasakah Province.

The local Kurdish-led administration in northeast Syria has blamed the Islamic State and Turkey for being responsible for the fires that have destroyed thousand of acres of agricultural land in recent weeks. However, there were reports that several gunmen loyal to the regime had been arrested for setting fires in areas east of the Euphrates River.

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Wildfires – Oregon, Arizona USA

Scattered thunderstorms across Lake and Klamath Counties produced more than 1,500 lightning strikes Wednesday night causing at least ten small wildfires. Fire-fighting crews were on scene to quickly control the fires.

Meanwhile wildfires are continuing to burn throughout Arizona. There are currently a dozen wildfires burning in Arizona. Most notably – the Woodbury Fire northwest of Superior which has grown to more than 10,000 acres. There are now about 450 firefighters working to contain the flames. Air quality in the area has been a big issue and crews are telling hikers to avoid the area.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A brushfire in Santa Clarita, northwest of Los Angeles, took about an hour to stop, during which The Master’s College, a private liberal arts school, was evacuated, fire officials said. About 130 miles northwest of Santa Clarita, an afternoon fire broke out in rural San Luis Obispo County near the town of Shandon and quickly spread to 2,000 acres. The fire closed State Route 46 for several hours.

Meanwhile, Northern California’s largest wildfire of the season was 90 percent contained on Wednesday after burning more than 2,500 acres. The Sand Fire in Yolo County destroyed seven buildings but no homes. It began on June 8.

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Wildfires – California, USA

There have been nearly 240 wildfires in California over the past week, causing one evacuation and two power shut-offs while fire fighters and utility companies attempt to prevent another catastrophe. Since the start of the year, 1,349 wildfires in the state have burned 12,247 acres of land, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as CalFire. Of those fires, 178 have been on federal land. There have been 236 new wildfires fires in the past week alone.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. restored power to more than 20,000 customers in Northern California after the company shut it off over the weekend to guard against wildfires amid a heat wave that fueled a blaze still burning in a rural area, officials said Monday.

About 700 firefighters are battling a wildfire that erupted Saturday afternoon in Yolo County and spread quickly across brush-covered hills fueled by strong winds and hot temperatures. The fire near the community of Guinda, which is about 78 miles north of San Francisco, remains at 3.4 square miles. It was 30% contained as of Monday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire called the Mountain Fire near Phoenix spread to 7,225 acres by Saturday afternoon, Tonto National Forest officials said. As of noon local time, there was no containment. Air tankers and helicopters are dropping fire retardant and water, CBS News’ Janet Shamlian reports. The fire appeared to be burning away from communities, fire officials said. There was a mandatory evacuation of campers and users at Bartlett Lake.

Wildfires – California, USA

A vegetation fire that sparked Saturday afternoon rapidly grew in size in western Yolo County, threatening several structures and closing the main highway through the area, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Sand Fire, on County Road 41 and Highway 16 just north of Rumsey, was reported at 2:37 p.m., according to Cal Fire. In less than two hours, the fire’s size grew from 125 acres to 600 acres. By 9 p.m., the fire had reach 1,700 acres with no containment.

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Wildfires – Western Australia

The threat of three bushfires in Western Australia has eased, with rainfall helping firefighting efforts at the regional blazes. The largest fire, at Jarrahwood, a small town between Busselton and Nannup, has burned more than 1 900 hectares. Smaller fires at Vasse Plantation, south-west of Busselton and Baldivis have been downgraded to a watch an act alert.

Wildfires – Canada

Wildfires in Alberta, Canada, have burned more than 700,000 acres of land and have forced 11,000 people to evacuate, according to the province’s government. The government of Alberta said that at least two out-of-control wildfires are burning in the area — the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire and the Jackpot Creek Wildfire.

The Chuckegg Creek Wildfire, burning in Mackenzie County just two miles south of the town of High Level, has burned nearly 692,000 acres, while the Jackpot Creek Wildfire, near Steen River, has burned more than 61,000 acres, government officials said.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Maroon Fire, north of Flagstaff, has burned 7,000 acres and is now 20% contained, according to Kaitlyn Webb, fire prevention officer of the U.S. Forest Service. The wildfire was caused by a lightning strike on May 16, and there is about 140 personnel working to contain it. The fire is going to continue to burn for a while until some heavy rain makes its way into the area.

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Wildfires – Canada

Smoke from large wildfires in Canada’s Alberta province has drifted into five U.S. states and is causing haze and air quality issues. The smoke has drifted into Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington state and Wyoming.

More than two dozen fires are burning in Alberta and 10,000 people have been forced from their homes. The government agency Alberta Wildfire reports the largest blaze is out of control about 450 miles (733 kilometers) north of Edmonton and has burned 887 square miles (2,300 square kilometers) of land.

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Wildfires – South Carolina, USA

So far, at least two wildfires have broken out in South Carolina amid a record-breaking heat wave. Fire managers at the Francis Marion National Forest say they a wildfire that started on Monday named the “Memorial Fire” are continuing to suppress a fire that has covered 1,300 acres so far. In Aiken County, officials evacuated residents near I-20 and Old Granite Hwy. on Tuesday due to a rapidly spreading fire named the “Gateway Fire” which has burned about 300 acres.

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Wildfires – Russia

As the world watches wildfires tear through the Canadian countryside, a blaze more than twice the size rages on the other side of the world.

According to an exclusive analysis of satellite data, the seasonal forest fires in eastern Russia currently cover more than a million hectares of land — making it twice as big as the roughly 500,000-hectare blaze burning in the heart of Alberta oil country.

Reports from the Russian government have dramatically underplayed the scale of the abnormally severe Siberian wildfire, with officials claiming it is less than one tenth of its true size.

A report undertaken by Greenpeace suggests that at least 2 million hectares of forests were destroyed in Siberia last year due to “prescribed” burns getting out of control. Russian authorities have denied this.

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Wildfires – Israel

Firefighters on Thursday battled wildfires that scorched swathes of forests in central Israel, forcing some small towns to be evacuated, during a heatwave that brought record temperatures to parts of the country.

Rescue efforts focused on a wooded area between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, where ground teams and airplane tankers fought back the flames for hours. By nightfall, the fires were mostly under control, according to police.

Some 3,500 residents of small towns were evacuated, officials said. More than a dozen houses burned down, local media reported.

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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 – North West Territories, Canada

Three new person-caused wildfires have appeared in the NWT’s South Slave in the past two days, officials said on Monday. One fire erupted at the abandoned former mining community of Pine Point, while two more began outside Fort Smith.