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Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire raging through southern California coastal mountains threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down on Wednesday, as the fire-scarred state faced a new round of dry winds that raise the risk of infernos.

The Alisal fire covered more than 15,000 acres (24 square miles) in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara, and the number of firefighters was nearly doubled to 1,300, with more on the way. Containment remained at 5%.

Although the scenic region along the Pacific shoreline is lightly populated, the blaze was a threat to more than 100 homes, ranches and other buildings, fire officials said.

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Wildfires – California, USA

The KNP Complex Fire burning for almost four weeks in the Sierra Nevada range of eastern Tulare County grew by about 5,000 acres overnight, expanding to nearly 68,000 acres by Monday morning, within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Forest, with containment estimated at about 11%.

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Wildfires – Montana, USA

Two large fires continue to burn in southwest Montana.

Train Creek Fire – Start Date: July 8, 2021 | Cause: Lightning | 61,987 acres | 67% contained

Alder Creek Fire – Start Date: July 8, 2021 | Cause: Lightning | 36,742 acres | 43% contained

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American bumblebee could be officially declared endangered

The American bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus) population has plummeted by 89% over the past 20 years, and an “endangered species” listing could be imminent, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The agency will conduct a one-year review, after which the species could become protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which provides a legal framework for safeguarding imperiled species from extinction.

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Wildfires – California

The Fawn Fire ignited Wednesday afternoon in the area of Fawndale and Radcliff roads, north of Redding, according to Cal Fire. The Fawn Fire has charred an estimated 8,559 acres, or 13 square miles, as of Saturday evening, according to Cal Fire. Some 144 structures have been confirmed destroyed and more than 2,000 remain threatened. The fire is 45% contained. About 4,000 Shasta County residents were forced to evacuate.

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Wildfires – California

The twin blazes pf the Windy and KNP Complex fires continued to threaten California’s towering sequoia trees and create new miseries for nearby residents, spewing smoke and worsening air quality across Central California on Wednesday. The two fires have burned through nearly 60,000 acres combined, officials said, with hardly any containment.

Days-long efforts to defend Sequoia National Park’s most famous trees from the 28,241-acre KNP Complex have proven mostly successful so far, with crews crediting proactive firefighting and a history of prescribed burns for preventing significant damage to the Giant Forest, including the General Sherman tree and the Four Guardsmen trees. Fire-resistant material has also been placed around the bases of some of the most famous forest inhabitants, including the General Sherman Tree, the largest in the world by volume.

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Wildfires – Nebraska, USA

Authorities in western Nebraska’s Panhandle say two wildfires that had neared Scottsbluff and Crawford have largely been brought under control. The fire southwest of Scottsbluff that has burned about 3,600 acres was 100% contained by Monday afternoon, while the fire south of Crawford that has burned 5,400 acres was halfway contained.

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Wildfires in Australia caused an explosion of sea life thousands of miles away

Two years ago, in the southern Pacific Ocean, an explosion of algae grew to more than 2,000 miles wide — about the width of Australia.

Giant algal blooms are often tied to land pollution such as runoff from farmland, which is full of nutrients like nitrogen that these plant-like organisms need to thrive. But there were no nearby farms or factories here in the middle of the ocean.

The sprawling bloom was fueled instead by something faraway and unexpected: wildfires thousands of miles to the west. Smoke rising from Australia’s historic 2019 wildfires drifted out to sea and fertilized vast communities of algae. The smoke, which contained the nutrient iron, gave rise to algal blooms that were together larger than Australia. The blooms lasted for about four months.

More research is needed to determine whether the algal blooms are good or bad for the ecosystem.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A pair of lightning-sparked fires that took hold in rugged terrain in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks exploded over the weekend, while another blaze to the south burned into a grove of giant sequoia trees, sending smoke billowing above popular tourist destinations and forcing closures in the area.

All three fires ignited Thursday after a series of thunderstorms rolled in, sending more than 130 lighting strikes into the southern Sierra Nevada mountains and sparking the Paradise and Colony fires in the two parks. Collectively called the KNP Complex, the fires have since seared 1,037 acres with no containment, forcing the closure of the Sequoia National Park while the Kings Canyon side remained open.

A separate blaze, dubbed the Windy fire, had seared 974 acres in the adjoining Sequoia National Forest. It had burned into the Peyrone Sequoia grove, part of the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

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Wildfires – Spain

People have fled their homes in six more Andalucían towns and villages as Spain sent in a military unit to help tackle wildfires raging close to a Costa del Sol resort.

A blaze fanned by strong winds has driven out almost 2,000 people and killed one emergency worker since it began on Wednesday in the mountainous Sierra Bermeja above Estepona, a popular spot with British tourists and retirees, having grown to over 6 000 hectares.

Wildfires – California, USA

Firefighters were making progress on a wildfire that jumped across a Southern California freeway and spread across dry hillsides while a new blaze forced residents of a Northern California community to evacuate.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon near Castaic in northern Los Angeles County. Pushed by 10-15mph (16-24 kph) winds, the blaze chewed through tinder-dry brush and jumped across the busy freeway, spread across more than a half of a square mile.

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Wildfires – Spain

A major wildfire in southeast Spain prevailed over firefighting efforts by 38 water-dropping aircraft and tore through an area of hilly woodland for a second day, with one official describing it as “a hungry monster.”

The wildfire has destroyed more than 3,600 hectares (9,000 acres) of forest, prompting the evacuation of 1,000 people and leading to the death of a firefighter. People in some villages were told to stay indoors with their windows shut due to thick smoke that saturated the hills. Hundreds of firefighters worked overnight to clear out flammable material and open firebreaks in the forest on the hill range in Malaga province. Arson is suspected.

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Wildfires – California

More than 14,600 firefighters were on the lines of 13 active, large wildfires in California on Thursday.

The Dixie Fire in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Range grew to about 1,451 square miles (3,758 square kilometers) but was 59% contained.

Near Lake Tahoe, the Caldor Fire grew only slightly, to just over 341 square miles (884 square kilometers), and was 53% contained.

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Wildfires – Minnesota, USA

Fire crews working to contain wildfires burning in northeast Minnesota were aided by cool temperatures and scattered rain showers over the weekend.

As of Sunday the Greenwood Fire burning west of Isabella remained at just over 26,000 acres and 37 percent contained.

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Wildfires – California, USA

The Caldor Fire has scorched 277 square miles (717 square kilometers) since breaking out Aug. 14. After the weekend’s fierce burning, containment dropped from 19% to 14%. More than 600 structures have been destroyed, and at least 20,000 more were threatened. Thousands of people rushed to leave South Lake Tahoe as the entire resort city came under evacuation orders.

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Wildfires – California, USA

The Chaparral Fire burning southwest of Murrieta began around midday Saturday and has burned more than 1,600 acres in Riverside and San Diego counties; it’s 10% contained as of Sunday. According to Cal Fire, the wildfire forced evacuations for people living “North of Tenaja Truck Trl, South of Calle Cielo, East of Calle Collado, and West of Calle Be Bietol” as well as prompting warnings for residents in an adjacent area bordering the Cleveland National Forest to “leave now.”