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Wildfires – California, USA

Two new rapidly spreading wildfires prompted the evacuation of more than 85,000 people in two cities in upscale sections of Southern California’s Orange County, fire officials said Monday.

More than 500 firefighters turned out in force to battle the Silverado Fire that quickly blackened more than 7,200 acres near Irvine. As a precaution, 70,000 people were ordered to evacuate from their homes, Fire Capt. Greg Barta said.

Two members of a fire hand crew were badly burned, the Orange County Fire Authority said. The two, ages 26 and 32, suffered second- and third-degree burns on at least half of their bodies.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Colorado residents in Grand Lake were forced to evacuate Wednesday night as wind-fueled flames roared near the town in the central part of the state. The East Troublesome Fire, which began Oct. 14, grew by at least around 5,000 acres Wednesday.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Glass Fire – This fire had burned 67,484 acres with 97% containment. At least 1,555 structures have been destroyed, including 653 homes. 1,217 structures are threatened.

Creek Fire – This fire had burned 352,339 acres with 61% containment. 856 structures have been destroyed, though damage inspection is not complete. 105 structures are threatened.

North Complex – These fires had burned 318,930 acres and 95% contained. 15 people in Butte County have died and two first responders have been injured. At least 2,455 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

August Complex – These fires had burned 1,032,264 acres and were 91% contained. One firefighter has died on the August Complex. Two additional firefighters were involved in the accident. 74 structures are threatened and 23 structures have been destroyed.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

The CalWood fire which sparked over the weekend has now destroyed at least 26 homes in an area that had been ordered to evacuate near the town of Jamestown Saturday, and it’s believed several other homes have likely burned.

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Wildfires – Australia

An out of control bushfire caused evacuations on Sydney’s northern beaches on Saturday – and forced production crews to flee the Big Brother house.

The fire at North Head, near Manly, started as a hazard reduction burn before turning into an emergency when flames were blown past containment lines. The blaze sent smoke billowing across Sydney Harbour, leaving a haze hanging over the city.

Wildfires – Utah, USA

The Range Fire and Fire Canyon Fire have already burned through thousands of acres in less than a day in Utah, with the cause of both fires still under investigation.

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A fast-moving, rapidly growing wildfire erupted Saturday and expanded to more than 8,788 acres by Sunday morning in northwest Boulder County, Colo., prompting the evacuation of at least 3,000 people and sending hikers and campers fleeing to safety. The fire is just 5 percent contained, and low clouds grounded firefighting aircraft this morning.

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Wildfires – Bolivia

Wildfires that started two weeks ago are burning through extremely dry forest in Guarayos Bolivia. The Ambue Ari Sanctuary of Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is under severe fire threat. It is one of three CIWY-run sanctuaries caring for a total of over 500 rescued animals across 39 species, some of which are endangered. The animals were rescued from illegal trafficking, poaching, and habitat destruction. CIWY is a Bolivian non-profit that rescues and protects wild animals.

The area is a natural corridor for big cats and other endangered animals, and at least one jaguar was seen crossing roads in a mad exodus of scorched and frightened wildlife. Voracious flames and choking smoke kill animals outright and also chase them from their habitat, making them susceptible to opportunistic predators as they flee.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A Colorado wildfire, fuelled by high winds, grew by more than 22,000 acres Wednesday to become the largest in state history.

The Cameron Peak Fire burning in the mountains west of Fort Collins had grown to 158,300 acres by Wednesday evening, making it the largest wildfire in state history. No injuries or deaths have been linked to the record-setting blaze, which is 56 percent contained.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

The Cameron Peak Fire in the mountains west of Fort Collins has burned 131,231 acres and is 44% contained.

The Mullen Fire is burning on the Colorado-Wyoming border, about 38 miles west of Laramie. The fire has burned 173,747 acres. Thursday. Containment is at 18%.

The Middle Fork Fire about 10 miles north of Steamboat Springs has burned about 16,120 acres as of Friday morning.

The Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs is holding steady at 32,431 acres, with 91% containment. The fire has not grown for several weeks.

The Williams Fork Fire in Grand County is at 14,005 acres, with 25% containment as of Thursday afternoon.

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Wildfires – California

Glass Fire – This fire had burned 67,484 acres with 70% containment. At least 1,545 structures have been destroyed, including 645 homes. 3,480 structures are threatened.

Zogg Fire – This fire had burned 56,338 acres with 92% containment. At least four people have been killed. Two inmate firefighters were injured Friday. 204 structures have been destroyed, and 0 structures are threatened.

Creek Fire – This fire had burned 330,899 acres with 49% containment. 856 structures have been destroyed, though damage inspection is not complete. 119 structures are threatened.

North Complex – These fires had burned 318,929 acres and 88% contained. 15 people in Butte County have died and two first responders have been injured. At least 2,471 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

August Complex – These fires had burned 1,020,571 acres and were 65% contained. One firefighter has died on the August Complex. Two additional firefighters were involved in the accident. 11,310 structures are threatened and 21 structures have been destroyed.

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Frogs the surprise survivors of Black Summer bushfires – Australia

Research from the Australian Museum and UNSW Sydney, published this week in the Conservation Science and Practice journal, reveals many frog species in southeastern Australia survived the unprecedented 2019-2020 summer bushfires.

The amphibians are one of the most threatened groups of animals on earth and face many risks, including the growing threat of fires due to the climate crisis.

By working with a team of thousands of citizen scientists using FrogID, scientists at the Australian Museum and UNSW were able to reveal that many frog species have remarkably persevered through the fire events.

Wildfires – Colorado

Two big Rocky Mountain wildfires flared up again Monday as dry, gusty winds blew embers past areas where firefighters had been making progress.

Firefighters at the Mullen Fire on the Wyoming-Colorado line and the Cameron Peak Fire in northern Colorado struggled as winds picked up in the afternoon as expected. No more structures were reported lost, however. Over 100 mainly recreational cabins and other structures have burned since the fires began.

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Wildfires – New Zealand

Bushfires have destroyed dozens of homes in New Zealand, authorities said on Monday, saying it was a miracle no one was hurt when “a wall of orange” descended on a remote South Island village.

The blaze began in a mountain forest early on Sunday morning and, fanned by strong winds, swept through the village of Lake Ohau, forcing residents to flee for their lives. According to the New Zealand fire emergency agency on Monday, at least 4,600 hectares (11,366 acres) of land were affected by the blaze, which also displaced more than 100 people.

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Wildfires – Queensland, Australia

A large “dangerous and uncontrolled” bushfire was threatening lives and homes in far north Queensland, with residents told to leave immediately. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services was fighting a blaze travelling on both sides of Oakey Creek Road in Cooktown, north of Cairns. Conditions were very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing, the “leave immediately” alert issue warned.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Wildfires in California continue to burn, ravaging entire communities and the blazes will soon hit a tragic milestone: 4 million acres burned.

The unprecedented fire season has already killed 30 people, burned down thousands of buildings and homes and forced more than 96,000 residents to evacuate, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

The Glass Fire ignited on Sunday and continues to expand due to strong winds. By Wednesday, the fire had destroyed as many as 48,440 acres, and as of Friday morning it had engulfed an area of 60,148 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties. Just 6% of the fire has been contained, according to Cal Fire.

The Zogg Fire burning in Shasta County, close to the border with Oregon, also started on Sunday and is also rapidly spreading — from 40,000 acres earlier this week to now covering an area of 56,018 acres, with 46% contained, according to Cal Fire.

The August Complex Fire continues to be the largest in the state, covering an area of 970,563 and it’s been active for 46 days, according to Cal Fire. The blaze is ravaging through Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Colusa counties.

As many as 17,000 firefighters are battling 24 major wildfires statewide.

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Wildfires – Namibia

Raging bushfires are destroying vast swathes of grazing land in farming areas in the central northern areas of Namibia.

Farmers in the area between Kalkfeld and Otjiwarongo have been battling a fire since Tuesday morning and by darkness, they still could not get the fire under control.

On Monday, a bushfire started in the area of Summerdown to the northeast of Okahandja mere days after another fire burned to ashes most of the grazing on several farms between Ovitoto and Hochfeld. Both of those fires were eventually brought under control.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Thousands of fire-sapped California residents were forced to flee a pair of new blazes on Monday that have killed at least three people, torched nearly 70,000 acres and prompted a state of emergency in three counties.

The breakneck Zogg Fire had burned through 31,200 acres near Redding in Northern California, while the Glass Fire had charred more than 36,200 acres in the Napa and Sonoma wine country north of San Francisco, according to Cal Fire. Both fires were at 0% containment as of Monday night.

The fires, driven by gusty winds, burned several structures on Sunday night into Monday morning, including homes in Santa Rosa, as well as the Chateau Boswell winery and the nearby Black Rock Inn in the Napa County town of St. Helena. The area contains more than five dozen wineries.