Wildfires

Wildfires – Indonesia

Brazil has captured global attention over deliberately set fires that are burning the Amazon rainforest, often called the earth’s lungs. Now Indonesia is compounding the concern with blazes to clear forest on the other side of the world.

Hundreds of wildfires burned across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra on Tuesday, producing thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel, forced schools to close and sickened many thousands of people. Poorly equipped firefighters were unable to bring them under control.

Officials said that about 80 percent of the fires were set intentionally to make room for palm plantations, a lucrative cash crop that has led to deforestation on much of Sumatra.

The slash-and-burn conflagrations, which tore through sensitive rainforests where dozens of endangered species live, immediately drew comparisons to the wildfires in the Amazon basin that have destroyed more than 2 million acres.

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Wildfires – Australia

Across NSW, the latest confirmed losses from the current spate of bushfires are:

. 26 homes destroyed, 13 damaged

. 6 facilities destroyed, 2 damaged

. 77 outbuildings destroyed, 50 damaged

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Wildfires – Australia

A major fire on the NSW north coast is causing concern for emergency services amid fears some properties may have been lost. The fire in bushland around Drake has already burned through more than 60,000 hectares since it began almost two weeks ago. Overnight the threats to homes eased but firefighters are still bracing for damage reports.

Meanwhile, another fire burning about 15km east of Glen Innes in the Brother State Forest is still out of control. So far it has burned through 16,000 hectares. But the threat to homes has eased after crews acted to hold the fire to the western side of Old Grafton Road.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A number of wildfires are burning near Denver, Colorado encompassing about 1 250 acres. Some evacuations have been ordered for a fire northwest of Fort Collins. Firefighters are containing the blazes.

Wildfires – Australia

Emergency warnings for bushfires burning near Darwin have been downgraded as fire crews battle to prevent the further spread of fire. Bushfires NT said between 50 and 60 properties were under threat due to the blaze burning at Fog Bay Road in Milne, and the fire was spotting ahead of the front.

Meanwhile firefighters continued to battle about 50 bushfires across Queensland on Sunday.

Crews from the states of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and from New Zealand were helping fight blazes that have destroyed homes, businesses and an estimated 55,000 hectares (135, 908 acres) of land. The 10-day emergency has seen some 1,200 bushfires burning across the state, with more than 600 community warnings issued in the past two weeks. Officials have warned some fires could burn for months because the ground is bone-dry and there is no significant rain in sight.

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Wildfires – California

California’s biggest blaze of 2019, the Walker Fire, has grown steadily to surpass 50,000 acres, and firefighters could face additional challenges as fire activity is expected to increase to start the weekend. Burning in Plumas National Forest since Sept. 4, the Walker Fire has grown relatively slowly after exploding from 2,000 acres to 17,000 acres last Friday amid erratic wind conditions. It’s charred through nearly 80 square miles of wildland.

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Wildfires – Indonedsia

The number of blazes in Indonesia’s rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed on Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming. Illegal blazes to clear land for agricultural plantations have been raging on Sumatra and Borneo islands, with Indonesia deploying water-bombing helicopters and thousands of security forces to tackle them.

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Wildfires Fully Extinguished in Siberia’s Irkutsk Region

Wildfires that burned across swathes of Siberia this summer have been fully extinguished in the Irkutsk region, Interfax cited regional authorities as saying Wednesday.

Irkutsk is one of several regions that have been affected by the “unprecedented” wildfires throughout Siberia since June. The wildfires exceeded 3 million hectares, an area the size of Belgium, at their peak in July.

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Wildfires – Australia

Australia has seen seen hundreds leave their homes as 140 fires ravage Queensland and New South Wales. Bushfires have been raging since Monday with strong winds pushing the force along affecting thousands of hectares of land. Queensland which contains Brisbane as its state capital has seen 85 fires that have damaged or completely destroyed 84 homes. The advent of cooler weather is expected to bring some relief to the stricken areas.

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Wildfires – Bolivia

Wildfires in Bolivia have torched two million hectares (4.9 million acres) of forest and grassland since August, including some environmentally protected areas, officials said Monday.

Environmentalists blame laws enacted under President Morales, who has encouraged burning of forest and pasture land to expand agricultural production. The government attributes the blazes to dry weather and winds.

Bolivia’s government recently authorized farmers to burn 20 hectares (almost 50 acres) instead of the usual five hectares (12 acres) — which is believed to have contributed to thousands of wildfires.

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Wildfires – California

Firefighters continued to battle blazes across Northern California forests Sunday, with the largest mostly uncontrolled and growing.

The Walker Fire had expanded to 38,049 acres and was 7% contained Sunday night, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It is burning in the Plumas National Forest, about 11 miles east of Taylorsville (Plumas County), and is California’s largest wildfire of the year so far.

A 400-acre wildfire in Butte County called the Swedes Fire was 30% contained Sunday night and had destroyed two structures.

In Tehama County, the lightning-caused Red Bank Fire continued to burn west of Red Bluff. The fire had charred 8,838 acres and was 50% contained Sunday night.

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Wildfires – California

Clouds and cooler temperatures are expected to help firefighters battling a wildfire in California’s gold country that has grown rapidly to more than 37 square miles.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for scattered rural properties in the forest, as well as in rural parts of Tehama County further north as crews continue to work to increase containment of the Red Bank fire that has burned more than 12 square miles west of Red Bluff. That fire is 9 percent contained.

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Wildfires – Australia

Australian firefighters battled strong winds and fast-moving blazes on Saturday as they worked to contain out-of-control bushfires that have destroyed at least 21 homes across two states on the country’s east coast.

More than 100 fires were burning in the states of Queensland and New South Wales on Saturday, with the nation’s weather bureau forecasting little reprieve for firefighters due to dry conditions caused by drought and little rainfall over winter.

In the north-eastern state of Queensland, 51 fires were active on Saturday and 17 homes had been destroyed, with the risk posed by fires remaining high for several days despite temperatures cooling.

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Wildfires – Australia

At least two houses and two businesses have been destroyed in the town of Tenterfield in northern NSW and a firefighter has suffered facial burns as an out-of-control fire is fuelled by strong winds.

Emergency warnings have been issued for four fires in the state’s north, and a fifth blaze at Lithgow is still burning in what has been described by the Rural Fire Service as one of the worst fire days on record. There are 470 firefighters battling 84 new fires across the state today, including 38 uncontained blazes.

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Wildfires – Australia

People have been told to leave a town in south-east Queensland as a fast-moving fire closes in on it as firefighters battle 25 separate blazes across the state near Mareeba, Yeppoon and Rockhampton.

The ‘leave now’ warning for Frazerview, west of Kalbar in the Scenic Rim, came at 2.30pm on Wednesday amid a severe fire weather warning stretching across most of the state’s south-east. Two water-bombing aircraft and 13 fire trucks were fighting the bushfire.

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Wildfires – Alaska – Update

As of Thursday night, more than 200 wildfires were blazing in our most northern state, including a monster-sized wildfire, The Swan Lake fire that was ignited by lightning on June 5. The Swan Lake fire, near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula, has become the country’s largest wildfire, growing to over 161,000 acres, as of Thursday night. Meanwhile the Ethel Creek Fire near Koliganek that has now burned over 18,000 acres.

Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire in California’s high desert near Susanville is expected to burn for another week. The R-1 Ranch Fire was started Wednesday evening by a lightning strike in Hagata Canyon, east of Eagle Lake. Twenty-four hours later, it had burned 1,800 acres and was 10 percent contained.

The biggest wildfire currently burning in California is the Springs Fire, south of Mono Lake. Started on July 26 by a lightning strike, it has burned 3,844 acres and is 50 percent contained.

Wildfires – Brazil

Brazil’s government is banning most legal fires, used for land-clearing, for at least 60 days in the wake of the massive blazes that ravaged the Amazon rainforest.

Currently, farmers and others are allowed to set some fires as long as they have licenses from environmental authorities, the country’s forest code states.

This year, however, there’s been a 77 percent uptick in fires compared to the same period last year — a total of 83,000 blazes, the network reported, citing data from the National Institute for Space Research.

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Wildfires – Bolivia

Based on information received from the Ministry of Environment and Water (MMAyA) on August 26th, 521 thousand hectares are affected by fire forest in the Chiquitania region, Department of Santa Cruz, and 274 hectares of crops affected. Medias inform that the fires destroyed 738 thousand hectares.