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Wildfires – Australia

A man’s body has been found inside a vehicle on a fire ground in Western Australia’s Mid West. Firefighters made the grim discovery on Wednesday afternoon, after being called to fight the fire on Tuesday. The bushfire, which started Wednesday, has so far burned through about 800 hectares in the Mount Gibson Reserve. It is about 450 kilometres north-east of Perth and inland from Geraldton.

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Wildfires – Argentina

Wildfires are burning in the Santa Fe province in Argentina, with the government reporting Tuesday that most of the country is on extreme alert due to an extended drought. The Argentina National Meteorological Service reported two unusual heat waves at the end of 2022 with maximum temperatures of 113 Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius), leaving forestry areas vulnerable to fires.

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Wildfires – Australia

Evacuation warnings in Western Australia’s South West near Donnybrook have expanded as a bushfire continues to rage on. The inferno has burnt through more than 3000 hectares of land impacting a valuable logging area and encroaching on properties. The bushfire is moving in a north and north-westerly direction More than 44 fire appliances are working to battle the raging inferno including several water bombers.

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Wildfires – Uruguay

The beginning of the year comes along with almost 30 fires in Uruguay, mostly forest fires, amid claims by the Fire Department for lack of personnel and equipment. The strong winds and high temperatures are hampering firefighting efforts in some 80 hectares of forest affected by a fire in Salinas and in which seven teams are working, in addition to the collaboration of volunteers, police, Air Force and military personnel.

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Wildfires – Australia

More than ten firefighter crews as well as four aircraft are battling to contain an out-of-control blaze in the southwest of Western Australia. The bushfire was reported about 8km from Pinjarra near South Western Highway just after 2pm on Saturday. Firefighters from Ravenswood, Dandalup West, Pinjarra, Coolup, North Dandalup and West Murray are on the ground fighting the flames. They are being supported by two helicopters from above, as well as two water bombers.

Wildfires – Chile

Emergency crews are working to contain wildfires in Biobio Region as of early Dec. 31. Red (the highest level on a four-tier scale) alerts for the Los Angeles, Cabrero, Nacimiento, Santa Juana, and Yumbel communes were issued. Residents in La Huerta and Curamavida (Santa Juana) and Monterrey and El Peral (Nacimiento) have been ordered to evacuate. Emergency responders may implement road closures or order additional evacuations at short notice, depending on evolving wildfire conditions and operational needs. Smoke from the fires could cause poor air quality in the affected area. The fires could also lead to power supply disruptions.

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Summer wildfires in England almost quadrupled in 2022

Fire services in England dealt with nearly 25,000 wildfires this summer, almost four times that recorded over the same period in 2021, figures show. Some forces tackled more than 50 wildfires a day amid droughts and record-breaking temperatures of more than 40C. More than 800 wildfires were recorded on 19 July alone. The parched land saw many areas succumb to fires including London, Yorkshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Norfolk.

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Wildfires – Australia (Tasmania)

A hospital and mine have been spared from a 3 Ha bushfire in Tasmania’s west but a hotel could not be saved. The blaze took hold at Rosebery, about 200km southwest of Launceston, at 12.30pm on Tuesday. Several buildings, including a replica workers’ hut, were damaged while the Mount Black Lodge hotel was destroyed.

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Wildfires – Chile

A fire broke out at the Ventanas port on Thursday, and a separate forest fire to the south near the coastal resort town of Vina del Mar has killed at least one person and destroyed more than 100 homes. The government declared a state of emergency in the Vina del Mar area on Thursday evening after the fire spread quickly. The fire had erupted earlier that day, and within 24 hours, it had burned about 125 hectares (310 acres). Several neighbourhoods have been evacuated, with varying levels of home damage reported.

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Wildfires – Western Australia

There are multiple bushfire warnings in place as 100 firefighters fight to bring multiple blazes around Perth under control, with warnings hot and dry conditions over coming days will exacerbate further fire risk.

An out-of-control bushfire in Perth’s southwest is threatening lives and homes, with an emergency warning active for parts of Henderson and Wattleup in Kwinana. Nearby residents have been urged to evacuate.

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Wildfires – Amazon, Brazil

Under Bolsonaro’s rule, wildfires as well as illegal gold mining and deforestation skyrocketed.

Almost 2 million acres of territory in Brazil have been ravaged by wildfires in November, according to data released by an NGO, which noted that this is a 90% increase from November 2021. That is an area about 75% of the size of Manaus, a Brazilian Amazon city.

According to MapBiomad, over 80% of the land ravaged by the fire is located in the Amazon rainforest.

MapBiomas reports that the area burned within the first 11 months of 2022 amounted to 40 million acres – which is equivalent to the size of Uruguay – a 13% increase from the same period last year.

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Wildfires – Australia

Fire crews are battling a large bushfire in Western Australia which has threatened homes and lives in Cervantes, about 200 kilometres north of Perth. Residents in Cervantes were told to “act immediately to survive”, with an evacuation centre in the town. Winds up to 40km/h were making things difficult and the situation unpredictable.

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Wildfires – Chile

Chile is battling to control the spread of several wildfires that have already destroyed more than 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of woodlands and are putting local communities at risk. Central regions including the Santiago metropolitan area, Valparaiso, O’Higgins and Maule are on red alert, with nine active fires currently being fought, data from the National Forestry Corporation (Conaf) showed on Monday.

Wildfires – Australia

There are currently three active bushfires, and several burn offs happening throughout the south west, Western Australia, which are making for a busy afternoon for the bushfire brigades and firefighting aircraft. People living in the affected areas are advised to store or weigh down loose objects around the home, move vehicles under cover, and ensure pets are in a safe area.

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Wildfires – Brazil

A wildfire is burning near Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana. Eyewitness video posted online showed heavy smoke rising from the flames burning vegetation on a hill in the Brazilian city. Local press, quoting the fire department, said the flames did not affect inhabited areas but only vegetation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Wildfires – Bolivia

Wildfires near Bolivia’s highland city and political capital La Paz have left the city shrouded in clouds of smoke, darkening the sky as local authorities urge residents to use face masks to avoid damaging their health.

The main cause has been forest fires linked to a lengthy drought and deforestation in the Yungas region to the northeast of the city, with dozens of active fires destroying citrus, banana and coca crops.

NASA satellite images show unusual forest fires in the landlocked Andean nation, with meteorologists saying the blazes are a consequence of extreme drought, delayed rainfall and deforestation for farmland.

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Australia fires damaged ozone layer – caused major warming

Australia’s fire season in late 2019 and early 2020 was extreme. It blew smoke some 20 miles into the sky, not unlike what a nuclear blast might cause. Smoke from the fires circled the globe and hovered in plumes over the Pacific.

Now, a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports suggests the smoky aerosols caused the highest temperatures in the stratosphere in about three decades and probably damaged the ozone layer — which has been slowly recovering since the substances that deplete it were largely phased out through the 1987 Montreal Protocol.