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Wildfires – Lebanon

A “gigantic” fire engulfed forest areas in north Lebanon on Wednesday and is threatening the lives of villagers, the Red Cross said. The bushfire spread across the hills of Qoubaiyat, burning land including olive groves and oak trees in the village of Beino.

Summer bushfires are common in Lebanon, endangering people, communities, and the ecology of one the Arab world’s most verdant countries.

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Wildfires – Greece and Spain

In Greece, scores of forest fires burned between Sunday and Monday with more than 700 firefighters being deployed to take control of the situation.

The Iberian peninsula has not been spared from the fires, with blazes ripping through Catalonia on the northeastern corner of Spain. More than 1,700 hectares have burned in the regions of Conca de Barberà and Anoia, but the blazes were 90% stabilized on Monday. In Lietor, in the central east region of Castilla-La Mancha, more than 2,500 hectares burned during the weekend before being brought under control on Monday by a crew of over 500 people, local authorities said.

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Wildfires – Sardinia

About 1,000 residents and tourists have been evacuated from areas of western Sardinia that were ravaged by wildfires over the weekend, with forests, pastures and villages on the Italian island engulfed in flames.

Since early Saturday, when the wildfires started near a forest by the village of Bonacardo, at least 50,000 acres of land have gone up in flames. Hundreds of sheep, goats, cows and pigs died after being trapped in barns at farms in the fires’ path, despite emergency workers’ efforts to save them.

Wildfires – California, USA

Flames racing through rugged terrain in Northern California destroyed multiple homes Saturday as the state’s largest wildfire intensified and numerous other blazes battered the U.S. West. The Dixie fire, which started July 14, had already leveled over a dozen houses and other structures when it tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls after dark.

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Wildfires – USA

The country’s largest wildfire has burned 401,601 acres in Fremont-Winema National Forest, which is about 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon. More than 2,000 personnel have worked since July 6 to contain the wildfire, which is when officials say it was first ignited by lightning and natural causes. As of Saturday, 42% of the Bootleg Fire was contained.

The quickly-spreading Dixie Fire near Feather River Canyon in Butte County, California, has burned 181,289 acres and is only 19% contained. The cause of the wildfire, ignited on July 13, is under investigation and more than 4,000 personnel are working to contain it.

The Snake River Complex Fire in Idaho has burned 107,679 acres and was 74% contained as of Saturday. It is burning about 20 miles south of Lewiston, Idaho. Lightning ignited the fire on July 7, and although spot fires have sprung up daily outside of its control lines, the fire has grown slowly and is being contained by the 208 personnel assigned to its mitigation.

The Lick Creek (Dry Gulch) Fire has burned 80,392 acres across areas in Oregon and Washington State. Its perimeter has been contained by 75%.

Lightning ignited the Tamarack Fire on July 4 approximately 16 miles south of Gardnerville, Nevada. As of Saturday, 65,152 acres have burned and it is was 4% contained. More than 1,000 personnel are fighting the fire.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Thursday afternoon reports said the Bootleg Fire remained roughly 399,359 acres and 38% contained, making it the third-largest wildfire and second-largest forest fire to burn in Oregon since 1900. Meanwhile nine firefighters assigned to the blaze tested positive for COVID-19.

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Wildfires – Madagascar

The increase in fire outbreaks is a serious threat to Madagascar’s landscape. According to figures from the Directorate for the Revalorisation of Forest Resources at the Madagascan Ministry of the Environment, 10,000 hectares of forest are lost every year in Madagascar due to bush fires. And statistics provided by the US Space Agency (Nasa) indicate that “90% of the burnt areas correspond to grassy/shrubby savannahs, a little more than 5% to forest areas and less than 5% to crop areas.

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Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) has declared a state of emergency amid a surge in wildfires that have forced hundreds of people from their homes and could worsen in the coming days. 299 blazes are actively burning across BC, including 18 that were sparked during the previous two days. More than 3,180 firefighters and other staff are fighting fires across the province.

Forty evacuation orders affecting approximately 5,724 people are currently in place, while 69 evacuation alerts – under which residents are told to be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice – affecting more than 32,000 people have also been issued.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Dixie Fire – Cal Fire’s Butte Unit now reports the Dixie Fire at just over 30,000 acres, up from about 19,000 acres as of Sunday evening. Containment remains at 15%.

Tamarack Fire – The Tamarack Fire in Alpine County, which first ignited about two weeks ago by lightning, erupted in size Friday evening, swept by gusty winds. The U.S. Forest Service’s Humboldt-Toiyabe unit said the blaze grew from 500 to 6,600 acres over the course of Friday. It was reported Monday morning at 23,078 acres, still with no containment.

Beckwourth Complex – Containment is growing on the Beckwourth Complex, now reported at 105,348 acres. It is California’s largest wildfire of 2021 so far by acreage. The incident, made up of the Dotta Fire and Sugar Fire, was sparked by lightning in early July, according to the Forest Service.

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Wildfires – California, USA

In California, a growing wildfire south of Lake Tahoe jumped a highway, prompting more evacuation orders and the cancellation of an extreme bike ride through the Sierra Nevada on Saturday. The Tamarack Fire, which was sparked by lightning on July 4, had charred nearly 29 sq miles of dry brush and timber as of Sunday morning.

Wildfires – Siberia

Heavy smoke from raging wildfires covered the Russian city of Yakutsk and 50 other Siberian towns and settlements Sunday, temporarily halting operations at the city’s airport. Local emergency officials said 187 fires raged in the region on Sunday, and the total area engulfed by blazes has grown by 100,000 hectares (about 247,000 acres) in the past 24 hours.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Bootleg Fire, has grown to over 227 000 acres. The fire has drawn firefighters from all corners of the state and has put thousands of Klamath County households under evacuation. While temperatures around Western Oregon and Western Washington have fallen back between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit in most places, southern Oregon is seeing triple-digit temperatures for an extended period.

Wildfires – Siberia

The city of Yakutsk, capital of Russia’s northeastern Yakutia region, has long been known as the coldest city on Earth. In winter, temperatures plummet to -40C, and it’s the only city to be built on permafrost. In July, temperatures are usually around 20C. But this year, record-breaking summer temperatures saw the mercury hit 35C in Yakutsk – in a heatwave that has fuelled wildfires in Siberia’s coniferous taiga forests.

Unlike wildfires that burn at lower latitudes, such as in California, which are often started by humans, Arctic wildfires are mostly started by lightning strikes. They are normally left to burn out unless they threaten human settlements. But Russian army planes have been sent to fight the fires that have raged across 800,000 hectares of forest in recent weeks.

Russia has the biggest area of tree cover in the world – at 882 million hectares. But it lost an area larger than Switzerland each year between 2011 and 2013 – mostly due to fires.

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Wildfires – Oregon/California, USA

The Bootleg Fire, the largest wildfire currently burning in the U.S., has now torched more than 150 000 acres and has stymied firefighters with erratic winds and extremely dangerous fire behavior. Some of the evacuations were triggered by a second, smaller fire called the Log Fire to the northeast of the main blaze that expanded to nearly 5,000 acres (2,023 hectares) in the past 24 hours. The main fire has destroyed 21 homes in an area north of the Oregon-California border that’s been gripped by extreme drought. It was 7% contained as of Thursday.

The Dixie Fire was tiny when it began on Tuesday, but by Thursday morning it had burned 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers) of brush and timber near the Feather River Canyon area of Butte County northeast of Paradise. It also moved into national forest land in neighboring Plumas County.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

Several wildfires are burning in northcentral Washington state, prompting an evacuation order for the town of Nespelem on the Colville Indian Reservation. There were power outages in the area and phone lines are down. About 60 lightning strikes were reported on or near the reservation on Monday, sparking five wildfires.

The largest had burned approximately 15.6 square miles (40 square kilometers) in grass, sagebrush and timber and had zero containment. The fire killed some livestock and wildlife. As of Tuesday morning, seven structures, including three homes, were lost. Seven outbuildings were also lost.

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Wildfires – USA

More than 300,000 acres are burning across six states across the western United States on Sunday as the region battled yet another brutal heat wave that shattered records and strained power grids.

The largest, the so-called Bootleg Fire, burned across 143,607 acres in Oregon and was 0% contained. Officials in neighboring state California asked all residents to reduce power consumption quickly after the fire knocked out interstate power lines, preventing up to 4,000 megawatts of electricity from flowing into the state.

Further south, the equally formidable Beckwourth Complex Fire measured 83,926 acres and was 8% contained in California, edging along the border with Nevada. It’s the largest wildfire of the year in the state.

The fire is composed of the Dotta and Sugar fires. The Dotta Fire is approximately 670 acres and 99% contained. The Sugar Fire is 83,256 acres and 8% contained.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Air quality advisories are in effect for a large swathe of South and Central Oregon as two large wildfires in the region burn through forests, forcing road closures and prompting evacuation orders in some rural communities.

The Bootleg Fire in Klamath County, which started Tuesday, had grown to nearly 39,000 acres by Friday morning. It’s burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, near the community of Sprague River, prompting closures of public lands and evacuations of some rural residents of the area.

In Douglas County, meanwhile, the Jack Fire was burning more than 5,400 acres on forest lands east of Roseburg as of Friday morning. A stretch of Highway 138 is closed due to falling rocks and flames along the roadside.

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Wildfires – Cyprus

Authorities in Cyprus have said a deadly forest fire, that was the worst to hit the island in decades, was close to being brought under control after water bombing by Greek and Israeli aircraft.

Fanned by strong winds, the fire broke out on Saturday afternoon and swept through the southern foothills of the Troodos mountain range as the country grappled with a blistering heatwave.

The blaze killed four Egyptian labourers, destroyed 50 homes, damaged farms and power lines, and forced the evacuation of 10 villages. So far, 55 square kilometres of pine forest and orchards have been scorched.

Wildfires – Canada

Emergency responders in Canada are currently battling more than 180 wildfires in British Columbia amid an intense heat wave that has left hundreds dead in the Pacific Northwest.

About 70% of the active fires were likely caused by lightning strikes, according to the British Columbia Wildfire Service’s dashboard. Chris Vagasky, a meteorologist with the company Vaisala, says a lightning detection network uncovered more than 700,000 lightning strikes in the area between June 30 and July 1.

About 95 miles northeast of Vancouver, residents in the village of Lytton were forced to evacuate to avoid a spreading fire that began Wednesday afternoon.

While two residents have already been confirmed dead by the British Columbia Coroners Service, others are still missing.