Wildfires – Arizona, USA
Arizona fire crews are working to control a wildfire near Crown King that has spread to the Prescott National Forest. As of May 9, the Tussock Fire, which started 20 miles northeast of Wickenburg, has burned 3,500 acres and has no containment. The fire was first reported on Saturday at 400 acres, but a lack of moisture, windy conditions and heat caused the flames to balloon up to more than six times that size overnight.
Wildfires – California
A giant sequoia has been found smouldering and smoking in a part of Sequoia National Park that burned in one of California’s huge wildfires last year, the National Park Service said Wednesday.
The smouldering tree was found recently by scientists and fire crews surveying the effects of the blaze, which was ignited by lightning last August and spread over more than 270 square miles (699 square kilometers) of the Sierra Nevada. It took five months to fully contain.
Most of California is deep in drought, with severe to extreme conditions in the mountain range that provides about a third of the state’s water. On April 1, when the Sierra Nevada snowpack is normally at its peak, its water content was just 59% of average, according to the state Department of Water Resources.
Elephant Culling in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is considering the mass killing of elephants for the first tie since 1988 to reduce the 100 000 strong population.
The Government of Zimbabwe, which has the world’s second largest elephant population after Botswana, maintains that the large number of animals is leading to the destruction of habitat needed by other species and an increasing number of dangerous human-elephant interactions.
Wildfires – North Dakota, USA
Firefighters worked through the night battling a wildfire north of Wannagan Campground on the Little Missouri National Grassland. The fire is estimated at 4000 acres and is burning in the rugged North Dakota Badlands.
A second grassland fire in southwestern North Dakota remains ablaze near the town of Manning, in Dunn County. That fire developed faster than crews could initially put out and resulted in citizens being asked to evacuate.
Wildfires – Siberia
Russian emergency services have reported an abnormally high number of fires in the Omsk oblast of southwest Siberia. On April 22, 2021, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of fires in the region. As of April 28, smoke from the fires was still visible.
Wildfires – India
Indian Air Force helicopters with Bambi Buckets have been pressed into service to put out an Australia-type bushfire raging for two days in Mizoram’s Lunglei district. Late on Sunday night, the fire had spread to Lunglei town and villages in the adjoining district of Lawngtlai,
The fire was sparked around 7 a.m. on Saturday possibly by some villagers who were trying to clear the hills near Lunglei town, possibly for shifting cultivation common in the hills of Northeast India. It snowballed into a raging bushfire spreading to ten village council areas in and around Lunglei town. By Sunday night, it had spread to three rural development blocks of Lawngtlai district.
Wildfires – Ireland
In Northern Ireland a fire is during in the Mournes Mountains just south of Newcastle. After three days, firefighters have brought the Slieve Donard blaze under control after it burned an area “the size of 500 football pitches,” about 880 acres.
Two fires have burned about one-third of Killarney National Park, approximately 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) are blackened according to an estimate by the park’s Chief Fire Officer.
Wildfires – Michigan, USA
A controlled burn that turned into a 6,100-acre wildfire in Michigan was 32% contained Saturday and not growing, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said. The fire was in Iosco County, which has part of the Huron-Manistee National Forests, roughly 80 miles north of Bay City. Some residents were urged to evacuate Friday, but those warnings were subsequently lifted.
Wildfires – Arizona, USA
A wildfire is “raging out of control” in the Hualapai Mountains near Pine Lake, Arizona, according to officials. The blaze, named the Flag Fire, is about 600 acres in size. Officials in the county issued evacuation orders for about 200 residents of Pine Lake.
Wildfires – South Africa
A wildfire on the slopes of South Africa’s Table Mountain forced University of Cape Town students to evacuate on Sunday, as runaway flames set several campus buildings ablaze and firefighters used helicopters to water-bomb the area.
One firefighter sustained burn wounds and was hospitalized for treatment, officials said. The fire started early on Sunday near a memorial to politician Cecil Rhodes, located on Devils Peak, another part of Cape Town’s mountainous backdrop, before spreading rapidly up the slopes. Heavy smoke could be seen for miles away, some roads were closed and fire alerts were sent to mountain hikers.
Wildfires – Uttarakhand, India
According to the Forest Department of Uttarakhand, from January to the first week of April 2021, there have been about 1800 incidents of forest fires in the state affecting more than 2500 hectares of forest area.
In the first five days of April, wildfires increased so fast that an area of 567 hectare was affected. Out of this area 380 hectare was forest reserve and the remaining 187 hectare was normal forest area.
Wildfires – Arizona, USA
A small community in south-central Arizona remained under an evacuation notice Friday after crews and air tankers stopped the growth of a wildfire that burned at least 12 homes, officials said.
The fire burned through thick vegetation at the bottom of the Gila River in Dudleyville, a census-designated place with a population of about 1,000 located about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Tucson. Officials said the fire continued on Thursday to an estimated 500 acres (2 square kilometers) with containment around 20% of its perimeter as of Friday.
Wildfires – Utah, USA
Three wildfires burning in Utah this week have been human-caused. Fire officials said the wildfire season doesn’t officially start until June 1. The Choke Cherry fire in Southwestern Utah has burned 700 acres and is 25% contained. In the northeastern part of the state, Utah Fire Info shows the East Myton wildfire has covered a little more than 2,700 acres. It’s 75% contained. It took three days to get the 1,300 acre Little Pass wildfire under control in an area west of the Great Salt Lake.
Wildfires – Nepal
Around 1,200 hectares of forest has been destroyed by wildfires that broke out in 47 community forests of six local levels in Myagdi district with the start of the dry season this year.The bushfires consumed thousands of big and small trees, valuable medicinal herbs, wildlife and other forest products. Wildfires are reported almost daily in Beni, the district headquarters, and various other places of the district. The area destroyed by fire ranges from 10 hectares to 150 hectares of community forests.
Wildfires – Nepal
Hundreds of wildfires are burning across Nepal, sending smoke and ash across its cities during one of the worst fire seasons in recent years.
Nepal’s dry season, which runs from late fall to early summer, typically peaks with the most severe fires in March and April. Since November, 73 of Nepal’s 77 districts have reported forest fires — the highest level on record in the past five fire seasons.
The country has recorded up to 2,087 forest fires nationwide since November 15, 2020. And as of March 25, there were still at least 524 active fires burning across the country, spreading a combination of dust, smoke and ash into the air.
Wildfires – Utah, USA
Two wildfires burning in eastern Utah have merged, and multiple structures are threatened. The two fires began Monday near the town of Myton, in eastern Duchesne County. Fire officials said the combined fire — later dubbed the “East Myton Complex Fire” — had burned 2,200 acres as of Monday night and was 10 percent contained.
Wildfires – South Dakota, USA
Wildfires in the Black Hills of South Dakota have forced evacuations of more than 400 homes northwest of Rapid City and shut down Mount Rushmore, authorities said Monday. A fire that started near Schroeder Road in the Nemo area, about 15 miles northwest of Rapid City, had burned as much as 800 acres and was “still moving” on Monday afternoon, according to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Several outbuildings and possibly two homes have been destroyed, officials said.
The “6” Fire was reported in Jones County, five miles north of Okaton and nine miles northwest of Murdo. The fire is estimated at 5,000 acres but size is unconfirmed.
Wildfires – Alberta, Canada
Wildfires that forced approximately 275 residents to leave their village in southern Alberta on Sunday have now been contained. More than 5,000 hectares were damaged as a result of the fire. RCMP also said they responded to three semi-truck rollovers and two other collisions as a result of the winds. 1 person was transported to hospital in critical condition as a result of fire.