Wildfires – Western Cape, South Africa
The death toll in the wildfires in the Western Cape has risen to nine. Firefighters are currently battling 26 active fires, made worse by a “storm front” that has flooded nearby Cape Town but fanned the flames around the well-heeled seaside town of Knysna and the neighboring Plettenberg Bay. Around 8,000 people have been evacuated to escape the fast-moving wildfires.
Wildfires – Arizona, USA
Up to 30 homes in Cochise County are being evacuated as a precaution due to erratic wind behavior that is aiding a lightning-caused wildfire in the area. Another wildfire is burning near the small community of Dragoon has charred about 5.4 square miles and burned one home. Authorities say that fire could merge with the blaze in the Chiricahua Mountains northeast of Douglas that is forcing the Cochise Stronghold evacuation if they both continue to grow.