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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wildfires – Spain

A cluster of wildfires in the countryside above Torrox in southern Spain are spreading rapidly towards numerous homes on the mountain above. A wildfire has also been declared in the Alpujarras. Thirty-five specialist forest firefighters are on the scene alongside one firefighting helicopter.

Wildfires – Malaysia

Approximately 100 acres of forested bush land have been razed in wildfires in the Kuala Baram and Miri districts. Five hotspots had been detected as of 5pm on Saturday (March 16). Meanwhile air pollutant levels in Sabah’s state capital have hit the unhealthy mark as bush fires were reported around the city in the current dry spell.

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Wildfires Destroying Forests Permanently in American West

Climate change in the American West may be crossing an ominous threshold, making parts of the region inhospitable for some native pine and fir forests to regrow after wildfires, new research suggests.

As temperatures rise, the hotter, drier air and drier soil conditions are increasingly unsuitable for young Douglas firs and ponderosa pines to take root and thrive in some of the region’s low-elevation forests, scientists write in a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Wildfires in these areas could lead to abrupt ecosystem changes, from forest to non-forest, that would otherwise take decades to centuries.

The two iconic species are important to both the region’s forest ecology and its economy, particularly its timber industry.

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Wildfires – Australia

The Bunyip State Park fire, which has burnt about 15,000 hectares in the past week, has now claimed 29 residential properties, damaged two others and burnt 67 other buildings, Emergency Management Victoria has confirmed.

The number of houses lost was confirmed on Friday after specialist crews assessed fire grounds and inspected 447 properties, but the toll could rise. About 2000 firefighters and 61 aircraft are tackling 17 active fires across the state.

Emergency Management said the bushfires had scorched more than 100,000 hectares of land across Victoria since last Thursday.