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Wildfires – France

More than 1,200 firefighters were on Tuesday engaged in a “fierce struggle” against a wildfire in southeastern France.

The fire service for the Bouches-du-Rhone department said the “violent” blaze had travelled eight kilometres in under two hours. At least 1050 hectares of vegetation had been devastated. Several habitations and multiple businesses including three camping sites near the municipalities of Martigues and Port du Bouc had to be evacuated with authorities calling on people to avoid taking the taking certain roads.

Wildfires – Texas, USA

Firefighters from across the state are battling the still-growing, human-caused Mays Fire in San Saba and McCulloch counties. The fire ignited on Aug. 1, approximately 16 miles east of Brady, as the result of an individual parking and idling their vehicle over tall, dry grass. As of Aug. 4, the fire has burned an estimated 9,500 acres and is only 50% contained.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A wildfire 18 miles north of Grand Junction has grown to 1,500 acres, and is just 5% contained. The Pine Gulch Fire was started by lightning Friday evening, according to a release from fire officials, and is burning in Mesa County about a mile south of the Garfield County line. It is burning in rugged terrain, in pinyon, juniper, oak brush and sagebrush, the release said, and hot and dry weather in the area is expected to continue. Gusty winds could make things worse, according to the release.

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Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Wildfire officials are crediting the public for reporting smoke and flames during a weekend that recorded dozens of new wildfires in B.C. Thunderstorms are suspected to have caused 22 of them, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. As of Sunday evening, there were a total of 39 active wildfires in the province, mainly in the Southern Interior. No wildfires posed a potential threat to public safety.

Wildfires – California

A wildfire northwest of Palm Springs flared up Saturday, with evacuation orders for thousands of people as firefighters fought the blaze in triple-degree heat.

The blaze, dubbed the Apple Fire, doubled in size overnight and is over 18 square miles. About 7,800 people have been told to evacuate over 2,500 homes, according to fire officials. Hundreds of people in foothill neighborhoods north of Beaumont fell under mandatory evacuation orders. One home has been destroyed. Herrera said firefighters were having difficulty assessing the damage because the charred ground was too hot to walk on.

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Wildfires – California

A wildfire in Cherry Valley in Riverside County grew to 900 acres on Friday evening, and officials said as many as 150 structures could be at risk. Some residents were asked to evacuate. At least 375 firefighters had responded to the wildfire in addition to multiple air tankers and helicopters. Electricity for the area was powered off as firefighters worked to contain the fire.

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Vietnam Bans Wildlife Imports, Bans Illegal Wildlife Markets

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed a new directive that bans wildlife imports and closes illegal wildlife markets, a move applauded by Humane Society International/Vietnam. This directive provides clear instructions to relevant enforcement agencies and authorities to take immediate actions to better control wildlife trade as part of the global response to the threat of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19 posed by wildlife consumption and trade.

Australian Wildfire – Among Worst Wildlife Disasters

Nearly 3 billion animals were affected by Australia’s worst wildfire season that burned from last July through March this year, scientists announced Tuesday — a figure almost three times higher than original estimates.

The report released Tuesday and commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia said more than 46 million acres were scorched. An estimate in January said 1.25 billion animals were affected.

“This ranks as one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history,” said Dermot O’Gorman, the organization’s chief executive officer in a statement.

Ten researchers from Australian universities and wildlife groups involved in the report have been looking at both the impact of the fires and possible ways to protect ecosystems in the future.

The affected wildlife includes 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds and 51 million frogs.

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Wildfires – Portugal

Portugal has issued a fire alert for Monday and Tuesday amid hot conditions, as more than 800 firefighters successfully fought a huge wildfire blazing across central regions of the country. The fire had forced a number of people to evacuate their homes and endangered houses as it approached isolated villages.

Wildfires – Siberia

Wildfires currently burning across Russia have doubled in size over the past week, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday, citing a source in the Federal Forestry Agency. According to Russia’s agency for aerial forest fire management Aviales, a total of 148 forest fires were burning across 67,913 hectares of land as of midnight Monday. At the same time last week, 155 fires were burning across 32,984 hectares of land.

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Wildfires – Arctic

The Arctic Circle, home to some of the coldest places on Earth, is on fire. Intense wildfires are wreaking havoc in parts of Russia, Greenland and Alaska as the region faces yet another record-breaking heatwave. Scientists are now warning that these fires may become a regular occurrence, a grim reminder of the consequences the world will face as global temperatures continue to rise to unprecedented levels.

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Wildfires – Greece

Locals and tourists have been evacuated as fires continue to rage near the city of Corinth in the eastern Peloponnese for a second day. The city’s mayor says the flames are out of control and has called for a state of emergency to be declared in the region. More than 260 firefighters are currently tackling the blaze, with 10 helicopters and 10 planes assisting.

Wildfires – california

Firefighters battled forest fires in northeastern California on Wednesday amid red flag weather conditions.

The Gold Fire ballooned to nearly 22 square miles in Lassen County, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The blaze south of the small Modoc County community of Adin was just 5% contained and some evacuations were in place.

In southern Lassen County, the Hog Fire grew to nearly 15 square miles but remained 5 miles west of Susanville.

The 46-square-mile Mineral Fire in western Fresno County was 75% contained.

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Wildfires – Siberia

Wildfires in Russia have so far burned down an area larger than the size of Greece, according to Greenpeace Russia. On Monday, the environmental organization criticized government officials for their inaction in the region amid record heat waves.

Using satellite data, Greenpeace Russia reported an estimated 19 million hectares, about 47 million acres, of forests, steppes and fields have burned across Siberia since January. About 10 million hectares of these territories suffered forest fires.

Activists said that some of the forest fires are the result of lightning, but many were started by campfires on river banks. Another cause is purposeful large-scale burnings that get out of hand.

797 forest fires were extinguished in 43 regions of Russia just in the last week, covering more than 63,000 hectares, about 156,000 acres.

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Wildfires – Utah, USA

• The Turkey Farm Fire, three miles west of Washington City, was 100% contained as of Monday night at nearly 12,000 acres.

• Firefighters were patrolling and mopping up hot spots at the 2,618-acre Veyo West Fire, near the town of Veyo, also in Washington County, according to Utah Wildfire Info. According to the most recent update, that fire was 90% contained.

• The Big Summit Fire, which has burned 8,461 acres in Iron County along the Nevada-Utah border, was 54% contained as of Monday afternoon. Firefighters expected to contain the fire by Monday night, according to Utah Wildfire Info.

• The Pole Canyon Fire, which was sparked Wednesday by a bulldozer near the Eagle Mountain neighborhood of White Hills, was 93% contained at 488 acres.

• The Cottonwood Trail Fire, which has burned through 1,631 acres in Washington County, is 35% contained. It was sparked by a blown tire.

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Wildfires – Siberia

Firefighters in Siberia continue to battle hundreds of wildfires triggered by a heatwave. While fires there aren’t unusual, scientists say they are becoming more frequent and intense, and releasing records amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Crews are battling three active fires located southwest of Meeker. The Fawn Creek and Stewart fires began Monday afternoon and the Wolf Fire was reported Tuesday morning.

The three fires have burned more than 2,800 acres and were 0% contained as of Wednesday afternoon. They are located in the Piceance Creek area south of Colorado Highway 64.

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Wildfires – Utah, USA

Thousands of acres are burning in various parts of the state as more wildfires have sparked across Utah.

The Turkey Farm Fire has burned 1,644 acres three miles west of Washington County. No structures have been damaged as of Tuesday morning.

The hot and fast-moving Veyo West Fire is threatening the west side of Veyo in Washington County. Crews have reopened state Route 18 as the blaze has burned approximately 1,100 acres with zero percent containment.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Officials say a lightning-sparked wildfire near Tucson burned through 1,100 acres on Sunday, in an area difficult for firefighters to access. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said the wildfire, dubbed the Navarro Fire, was located south of downtown Tucson near the San Xavier River Indian Reservation.

Wildfires – Russia

The area engulfed by two big wildfires in the Khanty-Mansi (Yugra) autonomous area has more than doubled, from 2,100 to 4,500 hectares, in a span of 24 hours, a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry’s regional department, said on Sunday. In all, twenty-one wildfires are raging in the Khanty-Mansi autonomous area as of now. Four have been localized and two have been extinguished.

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Wildfires – Siberia

Russian firefighters have been seeding clouds to bring down rain over wildfires raging in Siberia, the authorities said on Friday (Jul 10).

The Russian forestry agency said active work was underway to battle 158 forest fires covering 46,261 hectares as of Friday. Just a few days ago, that area was more than three times larger.

Firefighters were using planes to fire chemicals into the clouds above fires in northern, remote parts of the Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions of Siberia, the agency said.

Sweltering heat and dry weather have helped wildfires spread across the region and into the boreal forest and tundra that blanket northern Russia.