Wildfires – Turkey

Turkish authorities on Thursday began investigating the cause of a string of forest fires in Turkey’s Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions, including two near the coastal resort town of Manavgat that killed three people and sent over 50 others to the hospital as homes burned down.

A wildfire that broke out Wednesday in Manavgat, in Antalya province, and was fanned by strong winds and scorching temperatures, was largely contained. But another fire that started overnight and swept through the district of Akseki, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north, kept firefighters engaged.


Wildfires – Australia

At least 71 homes have been destroyed in a bushfire raging out of control near Australia’s fourth-biggest city Perth, authorities said Wednesday, as they told residents to ignore a coronavirus lockdown and leave threatened areas.

The blaze has torn through swathes of land in the Perth Hills and was moving toward more densely populated areas. Six firefighters received minor injuries — including one who officials said suffered burns and continued working to extinguish the blaze — but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported so far.


Wildfires – Australia

An out-of-control wildfire burning northeast of the Australian west coast city of Perth has destroyed at least 59 homes and was threatening more Tuesday, with many residents across the region told it is too late to leave.

The 7,000-hectare (17,000-acre) blaze, which has a 80-kilometer (50-mile) perimeter, began on Monday and raged through the night near the town of Wooroloo, with the shires of Mundaring, Chittering, Northam, and the city of Swan affected.


Wildfires – Australia

A fire that has been raging since Saturday is threatening the lives and homes of residents in the Gingin and Dandaragan areas north of Perth after the blaze escaped containment lines.

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for parts of the two northerly shires after the fire picked up speed and jumped fire lines last night. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued an urgent alert to residents of Ocean Farms Estate, telling them to leave now.


Wildfires – UK

Firefighters have contained a blaze that erupted on moorland in West Yorkshire in northern England, one of the three wildfires that broke out across the United Kingdom as temperatures hit record seasonal highs. The fire, on Saddleworth Moor, burned throughout Tuesday night across about 1.5 square kilometers (370 acres) near the village of Marsden.

Other fires broke out in Edinburgh, on the city’s famed Arthur’s Seat hill, and in the southern English county of West Sussex, in woodland immortalized by A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories.


Wildfires – Portugal

Over 700 firefighters are battling a large wildfire in Portugal which has forced around 350 people to evacuate. The fire broke out overnight in Sunday in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park west of Lisbon. Seventeen firefighters have been injured trying to fight it, as well as one civilian. 300 people were evacuated from a campsite while another 47 were removed from their homes in the wooded area as a precaution.

Wildfires – California, USA

The Sun Incident fire consists of two fires are burning in Tehama County east of Red Bluff off of Hwy 36. 3 843 acres have been burned and a number of evacuations have been ordered. Containment is reported to be at 40 per cent.


Wildfires – Nevada, USA

The Martin fire started July 5 near Paradise Valley, Nevada. In the days following, it spread to 399,429 acres, according to the incident information system on Monday. Grass, brush and some small pieces of timber fueled the fire, spreading it across the county. There was also a persistent wind that helped grow the fire from where it was already burning.

The fire, burning in Humboldt County, was the largest burning anywhere in the entire country, according to NASA. The space agency captured the fire and the residual smoke on one of its satellites. The flames were reaching heights of 45 feet, and the fire was spreading quickly. The cause of the fire remains unknown.


Wildfires – UK

A large wildfire has broken out on Saddleworth Moor above Manchester sending a huge plume of smoke into the air. Dozens of homes were evacuated. The heatwave that the UK is currently experiencing has created tinderbox conditions. The fire started on Sunday night and now stretches over more than a square mile of land between Dove Stone Reservoir and Buckton Vale.


Wildfires – Florida

Crews are still battling several large wildfires in Southwest Florida. The biggest are in Collier County.

The Greenway Fire was 100 percent contained Thursday, but another brush fire merged with it and it grew to 1,600 acres. It was only 25% contained as of Friday afternoon.

The Flag Pond Fire in the Picayune Strand State Forest grew from about 800 acres Thursday to 2,600 on Friday, and was 70% contained. Voluntary evacuations for people living in Picayune Strand were issued Thursday, and remained in effect Friday.

Another large wildfire is called the West Boundary Fire, in eastern Collier County. Friday, it was estimated to be about 1,000 acres, and 50% contained.


Bears burned in Southern California wildfires now back home in the wild


Two bears that were badly burned in last month’s Southern California wildfires are back in the wild after doctors used alternative treatments, including acupuncture, to save them.

Rescuers brought the bears and a 5-month-old mountain lion to vets with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and UC Davis.

Dr. Jamie Peyton says she and colleagues stitched tilapia fish skins on the animals’ feet to soothe the burns. Doctors commonly use pig and human grafts on burned people. Peyton says the bears soon were up and walking around in their bandages.

Wildfires – Australia

Volunteers from Rural Fire Service brigades across the Northern Rivers, New South Wales, have been helping to battle a large blaze south of Narrabri in the state’s west. The fire at Dipper Rd, Dandry, has burnt out about 60,000 hectares. It has now been contained.


Wildfires – USA

Gusty winds and soaring temperatures have spread wildfires in numerous states across the Southwest, forcing hundreds of residents from their homes.

The National Interagency Fire Center said Thursday that six states including Arizona, California and New Mexico are dealing with “multiple large fires,” with more than 8,000 firefighters and support workers battling the blazes. The Interagency has raised the danger level, which helps mobilize additional resources.

In Central Arizona’s Yavapai County, the Goodwin Fire — named for the area near where the fire started — has engulfed more than 20,000 acres of mostly scrubland known locally as chaparral. The fire is also threatening several residential communities, spurring the evacuation of at least 1,500 people.

Officials say lightning sparked the Frye Fire earlier this month. It continues to burn around 40,000 acres of rugged terrain in Arizona’s Pinaleno Mountain Range. With more than 800 emergency workers battling it, the fire is at 45 percent containment.

In neighboring Utah, a massive blaze in Brian Head is burning around 60,000 acres, spurring evacuations.

And in California, multiple wildfires have also triggered dozens of evacuations and burned homes and cars.


Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Arizona firefighters are currently battling nine large wildfire across the state, with 45,000 acres burned. Numerous smaller wildfires are being reported daily, which leaves Arizona with more wildfires than any other state.

More than 1,000 firefighters have battled the Highline Fire just north of Payson since its discovery June 10. As of June 18, the fire was considered 76 percent contained. After threatening homes, which led to evacuations, firefighters were able to stop the fire’s movement to the south, east and west sides June 19, according to reports. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

A wildfire north of Phoenix near the Sunset Point rest area closed the southbound lanes of I-17 for several hours June 18. The blaze, called the Maggie Mine Fire began burning around 3 p.m. in the remote, mountainous area. Air tankers, helicopters and firefighters battled the wildfire which has grown to 1,400 acres.


Wildfires – Florida, USA

Scattered showers are giving an assist to firefighters battling wildfires in southwest Florida, but officials caution the threat isn’t over.

More than 115 wildfires were burning in the state as of Saturday morning, the Florida Forest Service said. Nearly 30,000 acres of the Sunshine State have been scorched. Some mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted, but many residents still can’t return home.

Thirteen homes in Lee County have been damaged or destroyed by a 400-acre wildfire, Scott said.

More than 2,000 homes had been under a mandatory evacuation order in the county, which includes Fort Myers on the southern part of Florida’s Gulf Coast, but the order was lifted with the fire 95% contained by Saturday afternoon.

Further south in neighboring Collier County, firefighters were making progress on a 5,500-acre fire near the Golden Gate Estates section of Naples. It was about 20% contained, Scott said. The mandatory evacuation zone includes more than 6,000 structures. Flames have damaged or destroyed several vehicles and nine homes, the governor said.

A 700-acre wildfire burning in Polk County was about 60% contained as of Saturday afternoon, Scott said. The mandatory evacuation of about 800 homes in Indian Lake Estates, a golf and fishing community near Lakeland, had been lifted, state officials said.


Wildfires – USA

Wildfires are burning in 7 Western states:


Fire crews were monitoring high winds and building fire lines as they tackled a large blaze in south-central Washington. The wildfire was burning about 12 miles north of Sunnyside. It held steady overnight. The blaze has scorched about 273 square miles of brush and grass since it started Saturday on the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center. It was about 10 percent contained.

It’s the largest of several wildfires burning in Washington state.


Crater Lake National Park remained open as a wildfire grew to more than 400 acres. The fire has led to the partial closure of the Pacific Crest Trail from Dutton Creek Camp to Red Cone Springs. Fire officials said West Rim Drive could be intermittently closed over the next couple of days. The cause of the fire remained under investigation. Officials said it could have resulted from an escaped campfire.


Federal officials mobilized two U.S. Department of Defense retardant-dropping aircraft to help fight wildfires in Idaho. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said the C-130s will go into action on Wednesday.


Firefighters were bracing for strong winds as they battled a blaze in western Montana that destroyed 14 homes and may have contributed to a man’s death. The fire had burned 5.7 square miles in Bitterroot National Forest. Residents of about 500 homes southwest of Hamilton were evacuated or warned to be ready to leave. Residents were allowed back into the burned area Monday, but it was closed again Tuesday due to expected high winds and low humidity.


Evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes northwest of Dubois as progress was made against a wildfire. Firefighters have gained 50 percent containment of the fire that has burned about 22 square miles on private land and in Shoshone National Forest. The fire began July 11.

In Bridger-Teton National Forest, a fire that has burned about 46 square miles was 84 percent contained.

In southwest Wyoming, a fire that has burned about 2 square miles near the Utah border is now 36 percent contained. Residents of about 75 homes that had been evacuated last week were allowed to return.


A wildfire north of scenic Big Sur spread again overnight and has now charred more than 67 square miles. The blaze that broke out July 22 has destroyed 57 homes and is threatening 2,000 structures. It was less than 18 percent contained. Firefighters got help from a low marine layer Monday that brought a spike in humidity and dropped temperatures into the 60s and 70s. More than 5,400 firefighters from across California are fighting the fire in steep terrain.

All California state parks in the area were closed until further notice.

In California’s Central Valley, crews got a bit more control over a stubborn wildfire that has destroyed three homes and is threatening another 400 northeast of Fresno. It has burned two other buildings. Authorities said firefighters increased containment to 30 percent.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says about 300 people were under evacuation orders from homes just outside Sierra National Forest. The 4.5-square-mile blaze started Saturday in steep, rugged terrain.

A 65-square-mile wildfire in wilderness just north of Los Angeles was almost fully contained as isolated pockets of vegetation burned.


Firefighters expected dry, hot winds and the possibility of erratic flames in a series of wildfires that have charred almost 75 square miles of rangeland in northwest Nevada.

Officials predicted humidity in the single-digits in the Virginia Mountains with wind gusts up to 45 mph.

Containment of the fires was estimated at about 40 percent.

Residents in some rural areas have been told to prepare to evacuate quickly if necessary.

Pyramid Lake was closed.

A nearly 8-square-mile wildfire was burning in the scenic Poodle Mountain Wilderness Study Area, about 50 miles farther north.


Wildfires – Catalonia, Spain

The heat wave which is lashing Catalonia this week has forced the Catalan Government to set the alert level for forest fires at its maximum. In particular 30 regions have been warned of high risk of wildfires and 17 municipalities have totally restricted those activities which may increase this risk. The worst episode so far was on Tueday, since 86 wild fires hit different regions of Catalonia simultaneously. However, the most important one occurred this Tuesday in Vallbona de les Monges, a small village 40 kilometres west from the city of Lleida. In less than 5 hours, the fire burned nearly 900 hectares, most of them cereal crops. The firefighters sent 55 land resources and 3 aerial’s, which achieved to stabilise the fire by Wednesday morning. However, they continue to water the perimeter to prevent the fire from reviving.

Wildfires – Russia

A huge wildfire, raging in Russia’s far eastern Yakutia region for the past three weeks, has been extinguished, a forest official said on Wednesday.

The wildfire, covering an area of more than 3,000 hectares of woods, was raging in the Lena Pillars Nature Park, a world natural heritage site, since June 28.

Yakutia has so far this year witnessed 109 wildfires, destroying 8,000 hectares of woods.

The area of wildfires in Russia has decreased by seven percent over the weekend, from 15,400 to around 14,400 hectares