Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Fire crews have taken advantage of favourable conditions overnight to gain the upper hand on three blazes burning in northern NSW. The mostly mild weather conditions over the weekend have provided much needed relief for the NSW Rural Fire Service, after 22 homes were destroyed and 15 houses damaged when fires raged through the towns late last week. A further 74 outbuildings have been razed and 24 outbuildings damaged.

The Bruxner Highway fire at Tabulam has burnt more than 5800 hectares of land and is still considered to be out of control.

Nearby, just over the NSW and Queensland border in Wallangarra, north of Tenterfield, a bushfire has burnt through more than 32,700 hectares of land and is being controlled by firefighters.

A blaze at Tingha, near Inverell, which has been burning since last Tuesday remains at Advice warning level as crews work to control the blaze. It has burnt more than 21,300 hectares of land with firefighters extinguishing hotspots along the edge of the fire overnight.

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Wildfires – Australia

Five homes have reportedly been lost in northern NSW as a result of out-of-control bushfires in the area, with more than 40 fires still burning across the state. Firefighters are still working to contain two large bushfires that destroyed the properties, amid concerns they could flare up due to hot, dry and windy conditions.

The out-of-control blaze at Tabulam, west of Casino, has already burnt through nearly 4000 hectares, while almost 6000 hectares of bush has been lost in Tingha, south of Inverell, and around the community of Old Mill.

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Wildfires – Australia

The fire danger in New South Wales will peak today as firefighters battle 33 blazes across the state with some rural properties under threat. Watch-and-act alerts were issued for bushfires at Warrabah near Tamworth and Tingha Plateau in the state’s north-east with Fire and Rescue NSW warning fire activity was increasing in the area.

Wildfires – Chile – Update

Wildfires have now destroyed 41,200 hectares of forest land in southern and central Chile, the country’s National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) said on Monday. The figure represents an increase of 45 percent from last year in the area of forest land razed in the fire season.

California Loses 18 million trees in 2018

It’s a measure of how severe the tree die-off in California has been in recent years that when the state announced Monday it lost another 18 million trees in 2018, a top forestry official pronounced the result “encouraging.”

That’s because California lost far more trees in the three prior years, including a jaw-dropping 62 million dead trees in 2016, due to a combination of drought and bark beetle infestation.

With rain and snow in the state increasing over the last two winters, experts proclaimed an end to the seven-year drought. But the state still faces a heightened fire danger after more than 147 million trees were lost over the last nine years.

Officials at the California Department of Forestry said that it typically takes at least three years of substantial rain and snow for trees stressed by drought to return to good health. That would mean the state’s forests could benefit from at least one more year of wet weather to recover from the brutally dry period of 2010 to 2016.

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Wildfires – New Zealand

Strong winds are expected to continue to fan forest fires that have been burning for a week through New Zealand’s South Island, that have forced more than 3 000 people from their homes.

Early on Sunday, 155 firefighters were battling the blaze on the ground with air support from 23 helicopters and three fixed wing planes, making it the largest aerial firefight on record in New Zealand.

The Pigeon Valley fire covers 2,300 hectares (5,700 acres) with a 25 km (15 mile) perimeter, NZ Civil Defence said on its website. No deaths have been reported and only one home destroyed as of Sunday.

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Wildfires – Australia

Perth residents have been warned to act immediately to survive as a fast-moving, out-of-control bushfire threatens lives and homes. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued an emergency warning for the blaze in Forrestdale which has burnt out several cars and damaged properties in the city’s southeast. The fire has burned 144 hectares, is moving northwest and is expected to be propelled overnight by winds of up to 80 kilometres per hour.

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Wildfires – New Zealand

A huge bushfire that has been raging in the parched New Zealand countryside for four days has forced hundreds of residents to be evacuated from their homes and prompted fears that climate change has caused the nation to become “more flammable”. Firefighters have been working for most of the week to put out fires covering more than 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) around Nelson on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand.

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Wildfires – New Zealand

As firefighters battle a blaze in the Nelson-Tasman region which has seen about 170 homes evacuated and a state of emergency declared, another fire broke out on Rabbit Island, across from Nelson Airport. Plumes of smoke had been rising from the island, directly north of Appleby and Wakefield, where evacuees have gathered. Residents had been asked to evacuate the area and Rough Island immediately. Residents of nearby Eves Valley and surrounding areas have been told to leave their homes.

Wildfires – Chile

A state of emergency has been declared in the southern regions of La Araucanía, Biobío and Los Ríos, as a result of the forest fires that are devastating those areas. More than 8,000 hectares of forests and pastures have already been burned by flames, dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people evacuated, according to reports.

Chile faces a complicated and unusual situation, because in the normally hot north, the so-called altiplanic winter has caused flooding and flooding of numerous rivers, resulting in three deaths and a girl missing. In contrast, in the south of the territory, usually cold even in the summer, high temperatures have set historical records.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

Two more homes have been destroyed in the Tasmanian bushfires that have burned for weeks across the state. Hot and windy weather caused blazes to flare on Sunday afternoon, with authorities investigating reports of property loss at the Huon Valley in the south and on the state’s central plateau. Particular areas of concern are homes near the towns of Geeveston and Waterloo, both south of Hobart. Authorities say they’ve received reports of property loss from the southern Riveaux Road and central Great Pine Tier wildfires. A total of eight properties have now been lost to the devastating blazes.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

More than 520 firefighters are working across Tasmania as more than 40 bushfires continue to burn. At least 3 houses have been lost, communities are under threat and rare plants in the World Heritage Area have been burnt and others are under threat. Some firefighters have been battling the blazes since before Christmas.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

Emergency services in Tasmania are battling 72 separate bushfires. Smoke from Tasmania’s numerous bushfires is being spotted as far away as New Zealand as parts of the state remain at threat from blazes up to 20,000 hectares in size. The greatest threat on Monday was posed by an “erratic” fire burning near Geeveston, southwest of Hobart, where about 400 people have evacuated their homes.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

Bushfires in the Australian state of Tasmania endangered houses and property on Wednesday, with visitors urged to be cautious before setting off.

Around 50 blazes have erupted across the state with emergency alerts set off for six areas in the central region and authorities declaring that one house has already been burnt.

Teams have been in efforts to put out the fires for much of the summer, including a huge burn near the Gell River which has so far burned more than 20,000 hectares of wilderness.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

A number of serious bushfires are burning across Tasmania, with firefighters from NSW and New Zealand flying in to assist with efforts. The Miena community is being evacuated as more than 6500 hectares of bush burns at the Great Pine Tier in the Central Plateau. Tasmania Fire Service said the fire is very difficult to control, warning burning embers will threaten homes before the main fire.

Wildfires – New Zealand

A blaze started by an explosion set off on a Bay of Islands beach has swept through part of a historic reserve known for its large kiwi population.

The fire started just before 9pm on Saturday at Rangihoua Bay, on the Purerua Peninsula, and quickly spread up a steep hillside in Rangihoua Heritage Park.

Some witnesses believed the explosion was caused by a petrol bomb, others that the device was made from a large quantity of fireworks. Firefighters described it as a home-made incendiary device.

The most upsetting thing was hearing the sound of kiwi’s screaming from the burning hillside.

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Wildfires – South Africa

Thirty-one residential properties have been completely destroyed and 28 properties sustained partial to major damage in the raging fires in the Betty’s Bay area, east of Cape Town, the city’s fire chief Theo Lane said on Saturday. It is estimated that more than 12 800 hectares of vegetation was destroyed.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Awe-inspiring though it is, this is not a sight you want to see from your kitchen window.

This towering structure is known as a pyrocumulus cloud – a sure sign that a bushfire has morphed into a full firestorm, complete with its own devastating effects.

These firestorms create their own weather with lightning, strong winds, and even tornadoes that spread fire in multiple directions. These ingredients make them impossible for firefighters to put out.

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Wildfires – Australia

The Gell river fire, west of the Tasmanian capital, has now burned through almost 15,000 hectares of bush but no longer posed an immediate risk to properties, the Tasmania Fire Service said. But residents were warned of a risk of embers from the blaze, burning about 20km northwest of the communities.

The bushfire at Rosedale, in Gippsland suspected to be deliberately lit, ripped through more than 10,000 hectares of scrub and forest before it was brought under control about 2.30am Saturday.

Wildfires – Chile

Dozens of wildfires tore through central Chile destroying scores of homes. Local media reported there were 44 wildfires active on Thursday with at least eight more still burning in the Valparaiso region alone. Valparaiso is a coastal area about 100km northwest of Chile’s capital, Santiago.

Perhaps the hardest hit municipality was Limache, where the mayor said some 60 homes were destroyed.

The O’Higgins region south of Valparaiso was also hard hit. In total, local media reported more than 2,600 hectares have burned.