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Wildfires – Fiji

here have been 408 bush and grass fire incidents recorded so far this year in Fiji, data from the Pacific island country’s National Fire Authority (NFA) showed. The bushfires had caused damage to a lot of power lines, resulting in continuous power outages around the western area of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. The area has recorded 100 sugar cane fires and 53 rubbish fires from January to date.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

There are a number of large fires burning in Washington.

• Goat Rocks: Located 7 miles east of Packwood, started on Aug. 9, 0% contained, 4,193 acres burned.

• Bolt Creek: Located 37 miles east of Seattle, Started on Sept. 10, 39% contained, 12,142 acres burned.

• Minnow Ridge: Located 25 miles north of Wenatchee, started on Sept. 10, 0% contained, 2,212 acres burned.

• White River: Located 14 miles northwest of Plains, started on Aug. 11, 10% contained, 4,206 acres burned.

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Wildfires – Nebraska, USA

Showers and high humidity have slowed the spread of the Bovee Fire west of Halsey, Nebraska. More than 100 firefighters are on scene, including two Interagency Hotshot Crews, 10 engines, and a dozer. A mapping flight at 7:30 p.m. Sunday found that the fire had burned 7,780 acres. Officially, the Nebraska National Forest is still going with 15,000 acres, an estimate developed Sunday afternoon before it was mapped from an aircraft. The Bovee Fire has prompted an evacuation of the community of Halsey in central Nebraska.

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Wildfires – Idaho, USA

Firefighters have stopped the active spread of several lightning caused wildfires spotted earlier this week between Sweet and Ola in Gem County. The fires are burning in grass and brush in areas ranging from 15 miles north of Emmett to 29 miles north of Emmett. The largest is the Border Fire, mapped at approximately 10 000 acres.

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Wildfires – Bolivia

A wildfire has destroyed over 1,730 acres in south Bolivia. The wildfire puts at risk vegetation and animals such as military macaws, parrots, monkeys and toucans. Since the beginning of the year, over 2.2 million acres (900,000 hectares) of forest have been destroyed in the Santa Cruz, Tarija and Chuquisaca departments, the Civil Defense authorities reported.

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Wildfires – Oregon, California, USA

With the Cedar Creek Fire now spanning more than 110,000 acres, local residents are being warned evacuation levels may be moved back up depending on the blaze’s activity. The wildfire, which sits 15 miles east of Oakridge, has grown nearly 20,000 acres since Thursday and is currently burning 110,361 acres as of Saturday morning. Containment remains at 0%.

Meanwhile the mosquito Fire in California has grown to 71 292 acres with 21% containment. 78 structures have been destroyed.

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Wildfires – Australia

An extreme bushfire which swept through the Darwin rural area in the Northern Territory left devastating damage on the land and property. One house was destroyed and several people sustained injuries,

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Wildfires – California, USA

Dozens of buildings burned and a major interstate was closed as gusty winds fanned a large wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada and ignited another blaze nearby, authorities said Tuesday. The Mosquito Fire tore through 51 buildings, destroying 46 of them, in the small community of Michigan Bluff, west of South Lake Tahoe. The Mosquito Fire had swelled to nearly 50,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon, and it was 18% contained, according to Cal Fire.

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Wildfires – California, USA

The Mosquito Fire in foothills east of Sacramento spread to nearly 65 square miles, with 10% containment, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. More than 5,800 structures in Placer and El Dorado counties were under threat and some 11,000 residents of communities including Foresthill and Georgetown were under evacuation orders.

In Southern California, cooler temperatures and rain brought respite to firefighters battling the massive Fairview Fire about 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles after sweltering heat last week. The 44-square-mile blaze was 45% contained Sunday. The fire has destroyed at least 30 homes and other structures in Riverside County. Two people died while fleeing flames last Monday.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Cedar Creek Fire that started August 1 in west-central Oregon was already very large at 27,512 acres on the morning of Thursday September 8. But as a result of dry, windy weather on the following two days when a mapping aircraft was over the fire at 10 p.m. Saturday it had more than tripled in size to 85,900 acres. That night the blaze was about 5 miles northeast of Oakridge.

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Wildfires – Washington State, California, USA

The Bolt Creek Fire, which started Saturday in northwest Washington near Skykomish off US Highway 2 is growing very quickly. It is producing a great deal of smoke blowing to the northwest toward Everett and Bellingham. Our very, very rough estimate of the size, based on the imprecise satellite heat data, is that the Bolt Creek Fire had burned more than 2,500 acres by 1:54 p.m. PDT Saturday.

A fire south of Mount Rainier National Park, the Goat Rocks Fire, is also producing smoke, but it is heading generally west to the Centralia area. As of Friday it had burned about 1,500 acres.

The smoke from the very large fire that has been burning since August 1 in west-central Oregon, the Cedar Creek Fire, is sending smoke into Washington. The Washington State DNR said today that smoke from that 35,000-acre fire is being lofted to higher altitudes and is not expected to contribute significantly to further reductions in air quality at ground level.

The Mosquito Fire at Foresthill in Northern California was very active again Friday, but did not spread as much as in recent days. The fire was mapped Friday night at 33,753 acres. At its widest point the fire is 12 miles long.

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Wildfires – California

A tropical storm surging up the California coast brought fierce winds on Friday that threatened to fuel ferocious wildfires already burning across the state. Both the Mosquito fire (30 000 acres) burning in the northern part of California and the Fairview fire to the south exhibited erratic and dangerous fire behaviour including large plumes, swirls and rapid spread, as they left destruction in their wake. The blazes show no signs of slowing until critical conditions change.

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Wildfires – California

Wednesday afternoon the Mosquito Fire east of Foresthill, California spread significantly north and east. Aircraft have mapped it at 4,223 acres, an increase of approximately 3,000 acres yesterday.

Russia Now Must Fight Forest Fires Almost Year Around – Due to Global Warming

Because of global warming and the impact of current land use policies, Russia must now fight forest fires almost year around. When the fire fighting season was shorter, Russian officials at all levels were able to use the quiet times to recover; but now, they must fight fires every month and that is having a negative impact on their ability to do so. And it is not just that enormous areas are burning throughout the year but that these fires are both caused by and leading to a further drying up of rivers on which Russia depends for transportation in many places but also are having a negative impact on public health, given the smoke from them, and on the economy, because they are blocking roads.

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Wildfires – California

Over 4,000 firefighters are battling 14 large fires around the state, and 45 new fires erupted on Sunday alone.

The Fairview Fire south of Hemet, California has been vigorously spreading to the east Tuesday afternoon and has burned 4,542 acres. Two people have been reported killed in the Fairview Fire while they were apparently attempting to flee from the fire.

The Radford Fire south of Big Bear Lake has spread to and crossed over the NF-2N10 road above the Snow Summit ski area. The US Forest Service says the fire has grown to 917 acres. There is infrastructure on the mountain that will be important for firefighters to protect.

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Wildfires – California

Of the 32.1 million acres of forestland in California, approximately 2.1 million acres (6.6%) burned in wildfires in the 2002-2011 time period. In the following decade (2012-2021), that figure more than tripled to 7.9 million acres (24.7%).

National Forests in California were particularly hard hit. 10.1% of 12.7 million acres of forestland managed by the USDA Forest Service in California burned in 2002 – 2011 time period. In the 2012 – 2021 decade that figure increased to 38.8%. All told, in the last twenty years almost half of the forestland in California National Forests has burned.