Wildfires – Turkey

A forest fire broke out in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (TRNC) coastal city of Girne on Sunday, as heat waves continued to grip the island. The fire occurred in forestland in the Tepebaşı district. The wildfire has scorched hundreds of acres of forest near the tip of Morphou Bay in the north and has forced the evacuation of dozens of people while some needed medical care.


Wildfires – Algeria

A total of 31 small wildfires have destroyed forests and crops in the province of Mostaganem in northwestern Algeria. The wildfires ravaged wheat and barley crops as well as hundreds of haystacks and Eucalyptus and Aleppo pine trees.


Wildfires – Australia

Homes and lives are under threat from an out-of-control bushfire in Victoria’s East Gippsland region, with residents in some areas told it is too late to leave.

The blaze, 10km north of Timbarra, is burning southeast in the direction of Timbarra Settlement and Gillinga, and an east to W Tree and Butchers Ridge.

It grew from 400 hectares this morning to more than 5500 hectares by about 5.30pm, and is just 3-4km from W Tree and Butchers Ridge.


Wildfires – Tasmania

About 5,500 lightning strikes were recorded across the state overnight on Monday, sparking dozens of wildfires across the State. There were 61 active fires reported across the state on the TFS website at 10:00pm, with fires at Wattle Grove, Great Pine Tier Central Plateau and Gell River listed at an advice level.


Wildfires – Global

Captured on August 22 this photo released on NASA’s Worldview application shows every fire burning on the planet right now.

Each of the countless red points overlaid on the image below represents an actively burning fire, as detected by NASA’s thermal bands. While some of these blazes are agricultural fires and controlled burns — used to clear crop fields of detritus and stimulate the pasture growth to support livestock — others are wildfires that have spread out of control.

The Worldview image, stitched together from full-resolution satellite imagery layers combined with current data, updates itself within three hours of observation, showing the whole planet as it looks “right now,” explains the space agency.

Of all the continents, Africa seems to be the most affected by raging fires and appears to be the “reddest” on the Worldview fire map. However, NASA points out that most of these red points are agricultural fires.

In contrast, the majority of blazes currently burning in North America and South America are wildfires. For instance, South America — and Chile in particular — has experienced “horrendous numbers of wildfires” in 2018, states NASA. The Chilean wildfires ravaging the country since the beginning of the year are being fed by a massive drought.”

Meanwhile, Brazil is also dealing with wildfires, in addition to planned agricultural fires, that have spread out of control “due to climate issues.”

As you might expect, Australia also has a large concentration of sizeable bushfires in the remote areas of the continent. This is by no means surprising, considering that 2018, specifically January through July, has produced the warmest period in the history of New South Wales since 1910.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather continued to grow in Northern California, destroying 55 homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee their neighborhoods.

California fire officials said Saturday that the two fires about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of San Francisco were 27 percent contained and have grown to almost 250 square miles (648 kilometers).

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Currently, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are 16 fires burning in Oregon, totally roughly 151,603 acres.

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Wildfires – California, USA

In Northern California, the County Fire has burned about 134 square miles and is 27 percent contained in Napa and Yolo Counties. The blaze threatens 1,500 structures, but none has been destroyed or damaged. Roughly 2,500 people have been forced from their homes since the blaze started Saturday. This week in the Bay Area, about 75 miles south of the fires, falling ash was reported, and the San Francisco sky turned orange from the smoke.

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Huge wildfires roared across the bone-dry western USA on Thursday, including Colorado’s Spring Creek Fire, the state’s third-largest on record. That fire has destroyed 100 homes and forced the evacuations of 2,000 other homes. The blaze is near Fort Garland, roughly 205 miles southwest of Denver. Nearly 1,000 firefighters worked to gain control of the fire in unpredictable winds, but it’s been only slightly contained since it ignited June 27. As of Thursday morning, the fire was 161 square miles, roughly seven times the size of Manhattan.

A 300-foot-high tsunami of wildfire swept over a subdivision overnight turning an untold number of homes into cinders and making unprecedented acreage gains in the middle of the night when wildfires are normally docile, authorities say, raising home toll to 251.

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Cattle Die in Oklahoma Wildfires

An estimated 1,500 head of cattle have died following wildfires in Oklahoma that have burned for nearly two weeks, and that projection could increase.

Reports from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture earlier in the week projected that 1,100 cattle had died from the Rhea and 34 Complex wildfires that have burned in northwest Oklahoma since April 12.


Wildfires – Australia

A passenger has filmed the moment a Sydney train drove through a fierce fire zone, as 1000 hectares of bushland went up in flames. Sydney Trains said buses had replaced trains between East Hills and Glenfield on the T8 Airport and South Lines. Although conditions have eased today, there are fears strong winds will challenge the efforts of 500 firefighters battling the Holsworthy blaze.

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Wildfires – South Africa

Authorities say wildfires raging in South Africa’s wine region have destroyed part of one of the country’s oldest estates, while some slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain burned. Firefighters worked through the night to try to contain 106 blazes in the area. No one has been killed.

Low rainfall, dry vegetation and strong winds create prime conditions for fires in the region in summer.

Farm manager Don Tooth says around 40 percent of the Vergelegen wine farm that was established by Dutch settlers in the 1700s has been destroyed by fire.

Fires also burned on the slopes of Table Mountain above the exclusive beach enclave of Llandudno.

Wildfires – Argentina

Firefighters in Argentina said Thursday they were bringing under control three wildfires that have devastated nearly a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of the country’s famous pampas, or plains.

Driven by strong winds, high summer temperatures and drought, the fires sent huge swathes of farm and pasture land up in smoke in the central provinces of La Pampa and Buenos Aires, two of agricultural powerhouse Argentina’s most productive regions.

The wind grew even stronger Thursday, leaving firefighters struggling to extinguish the fires and stop them from spreading to populated areas.

No lives were in danger from the fires. No human deaths or evacuations have been reported. The blazes killed wild animals and livestock and cut off several roads. The biggest fire was about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the village of La Adela, population 4,000.

It was started by a lightning strike on New Year’s weekend and is 10 kilometres across, according to firefighters.

Wildfires – India

More than 100 fires have broken out and doused in Chennai since December at sites where trees felled by Cyclone Vardah have been dumped. More than 40 000 tonnes of windfall trees have been dumped throughout 78 parks, open spaces and playgrounds.


Wildfires – Tennessee, USA – Update

The death toll caused by the wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn., has climbed to 13, according to local officials in the Eastern Tennessee town.

The fire, which burned more than 15,000 acres, is believed to be caused by arson. Federal investigators are searching for the person or people that caused it.


Wildfires – Alabama, USA

Officials say more than 900 wildfires have destroyed over 100,000 acres across the state this month amid an ongoing drought that has no signs of ending anytime soon. Extremely dry conditions have created favourable environments for wildfires during the past several weeks.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Oct. 12 signed a drought emergency declaration, putting 46 counties under the no burn order.


Wildfires – Greece

Greece’s fire service says a fire has been raging in a mountainous part of the island of Evia in central Greece for the second day in a row, burning well over 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) of forest and forcing authorities to evacuate a village, a monastery and a hotel.

The service says the hot, dry and windy weather is helping the fire expand and making it difficult for the five planes, five helicopters and hundreds of firefighters on the ground to contain it. Firefighting help from the air ceases at sundown.

The agency says the Evia fire is the largest of the 59 wildfires that broke out between 6 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday. Other fires on the islands of Crete and Kea are also still expanding.

Wildfires – USA


Fire officials say a wildfire burning near California’s dramatic Big Sur coast has destroyed 57 homes and is threatening 2,000 more. The week-old blaze has also scared away tourists who are cancelling bookings after fire officials warned that crews will likely be battling a wildfire raging in steep, forested ridges just to the north for another month. The blaze has grown to 52 square miles.More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the wildfire that officials expect to linger until the end of August.


A new fire in southwest Wyoming has destroyed eight rural homes and forced the evacuation of about 140 others. The fire in Uinta County was detected Thursday and grew quickly, burning about 3 square miles in a matter of hours.

Elsewhere in Wyoming, favourable weather allowed firefighters to take the offensive against a wildfire threatening hundreds of seasonal homes. The fire in Shoshone National Forest has burned about 19 square miles.


Two hundred firefighters with air support turned back the immediate threat to homes north of Reno where a series of lightning-sparked wildfires prompted voluntary evacuations Friday. But more fire crews were on the way as evening thunderstorms moved into the area packing potential for more trouble.

The biggest blaze has burned about 2 square miles in the Red Rock area east of U.S. Highway 395. But it is 50 percent contained and should be fully contained by Monday night. No structures have been damaged or injuries reported.

About 40 homes were threatened earlier Friday in the dry, high desert of the Sierra Nevada where temperatures exceeded 100 degrees about 30 miles north of Reno. But voluntary evacuations were lifted later in the day, and no homes faced any imminent danger by Friday evening.


A fire burning northeast of Moses Lake near the town of Marlin is estimated to have grown to be over 20,000 acres as of Sunday afternoon, down from the 28,000 acres previously estimated.

The Black Rock Fire was estimated to be 23,600 acres and approximately 40 percent contained. Fire crews, aided by a single engine tanker plane and citizens with farming equipment, were able to stop a flare-up and spread of the fire Sunday. The fire had threatened 25 residences, crops and livestock. Grant County officials said since the fire wasn’t growing at a rapid pace, evacuation orders were lifted Sunday. The fire started Saturday afternoon and grew from 3,000 acres to 11,000 acres in a matter of hours. Fire crews say strong winds fuelled the fire.


Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

The 300 firefighters from South Africa who arrived recently to assist in the Alberta wildfires have gone on strike over a pay dispute!


Wildfires – Canada – Alberta – Update

The massive wildfire that forced almost 100,000 people to evacuate in Alberta is growing and approaching the neighbouring province of Saskatchewan, Canadian officials said.

Dry and extremely windy conditions are fuelling the blaze, which has scorched more than 1,560 square kilometres (602 square miles) and ravaged the city of Fort McMurray.

Alberta is “tinder dry,” although there was a possibility of a drop in temperature and a slight chance of rain early next week.

A downpour is needed to tame the fire that is the size of Hong Kong and almost 25% bigger than New York City. It has displaced about 88,000 people, wiped out at least 1,600 structures and sent plumes of smoke as far away as Iowa. The fire may double in size.

Wildfires – Manitoba-Ontario Border – Canada

Wildfires burning along the Manitoba-Ontario border are growing worse, putting those who own homes and cottages in the area on edge.

As of Friday, the fire burning in Manitoba’s Nopiming Provincial Park near Beresford Lake grew to 13,000 hectares. There, 25 people were forced to flee the area along with six others in remote cottages.

At last word, a second fire burning near the province’s Caddy Lake was covering 700 hectares.