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Wildfires – Siberia

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A large wildfire on a hill near Komsomolsk-on-Amur has stifled the far-east city in smoke. Locals say the authorities have failed to tackle the fires. A train confronted by the fire was abandoned by the driver.

Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Firefighters on the ground near Bruderheim, Alta., have been working hard to keep raging wildfire flames away from homes but dry, windy conditions are complicating their efforts after multiple large grassfires ignited Saturday.

Wildfires – Texas, USA

Firefighters in the Texas Panhandle are working to contain a wildfire that has blackened more than 69,000 acres. Nearly 300 firefighters are at the blaze, which began last week about 40 miles southeast of Amarillo and not far from Palo Duro Canyon, the Texas A&M Forest Service reported Sunday. The fire was about 15 percent contained Sunday afternoon.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

A total of 69,159 acres is under fire while only a combined 5% is contained in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Below are a list of fires burning and containment levels:

Buzzard Fire: 51,024 acres, 8% contained

Flamingo Fire: 9,794 acres, 5% contained

Curlew Fire: 8,339 acres, 15% contained

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire, which started in the area south of Pinery Canyon, is burning in the Chiricahua Mountains 12 miles east of Douglas. As of 8:00 p.m. Saturday, officials said the fire had grown to 1200 acres.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Firefighters battling a wildfire in north-central Arizona were hampered Monday by strong winds and dry conditions as residents of surrounding communities remained out of their homes for another day. Authorities said some homes were lost as the wildfire consumed almost 14 square miles (35 square kilometers) south of Flagstaff. Crews on Monday were assessing exactly how many structures have burned, but estimated around 30.

Wildfires – Wisconsin, USA

A total of 43 wildfires have been reported around Wisconsin by the DNR over the past two days. A majority of the fires were in the south-central region of the state. A state of emergency was declared, although the majority of the fires were small, between 10 – 20 acres.

Wildfires – Manitoba, Canada

Wildfires are burning across Manitoba. The province is deploying firefighters and water bombers to several communities where wildfires are consuming forestland. Several fires within Winnipeg have been extinguished, but fire officials say the dry spring teamed with high winds are the perfect recipe for big fires.

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Wildfires – Siberia

Russia’s Federal Forest Fire Center said on April 29 that more than 70 wildfires in the previous 24 hours had destroyed about 1,870 square kilometers of forest land in the country’s Far East.

The center said on its website that the most difficult situation was in the Amur Region – including 370 square kilometers in the Khingan Nature Reserve. Fires also were reported in the Primorsky and Khabarovsk regions, and in the Jewish Autonomous region. The center said fires also raged through the Trans-Baikal, Omsk, and Bashkortostan regions.

More than 2,800 people and 495 vehicles, including 25 aircraft, were involved in efforts to extinguish the blazes.

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Wildfires – Siberia

As many as 37 wildfires have been reported in Siberia and Russia’s Far East, sweeping across more than 4,200 hectares of land. Russia’s Federal Forest Protection Service said on April 25 that the largest wildfires were raging in the Amur and Zabaikalye regions. Wildfires were also reported in the regions of Buryatia, Irkutsk, and Tuva.

Russia’s wildfire season usually starts in April or May each year and mainly affects thick forests in Siberia and the Far East.

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Cattle Die in Oklahoma Wildfires

An estimated 1,500 head of cattle have died following wildfires in Oklahoma that have burned for nearly two weeks, and that projection could increase.

Reports from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture earlier in the week projected that 1,100 cattle had died from the Rhea and 34 Complex wildfires that have burned in northwest Oklahoma since April 12.

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Wildfires – Oklahoma – Update

As firefighters enter the second week of raging Oklahoma wildfires, the cooperative weather allowed them to make more progress than they have in days.

The wildfires have scorched across more than 400,000 acres, killed two people and hurt 20, emergency management officials have said.

More than 283,000 acres have burned in Dewey County, where the Rhea fire was 15 percent contained. The number is up from the 3 percent of containment reported the last few days, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Service.

More than 67,000 acres have burned in Woodward County, where the 34 Complex fire was 45 percent contained.

A third, much smaller fire reported in Beaver and Harper counties was 80 percent contained, forestry officials reported.

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Wildfires – Oklahoma

Wildfires that have killed two people in western Oklahoma are nearing conditions not seen in at least a decade because of the mixture of high temperatures, low humidity and heavy winds, the National Weather Service said Monday.

Firefighters sent by the U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Area Coordination Center are fighting one fire that’s burned more than 245,000 acres (990 sq. kilometers) near Leedey, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City and another blaze that’s burned nearly 68,000 acres (275 sq. kilometers) near Woodward, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Leedey.

Wildfires – New Mexico

Authorities say firefighters report making progress on wildfires burning near Grants in northwestern New Mexico in advance of expected windy conditions Monday.

The fires are burning on a mountain and a mesa about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Grants. As of Sunday, authorities say one wildfire has charred about 9.5 square miles (2,741 hectares) while the other wildfire some four miles to the north has burned nearly 4 square miles (1,024 hectares).

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Wildfires – Australia

A massive bush fire burning in Sydney’s southwest is getting closer to Australia’s only nuclear reactor. The bushfire on Sydney’s outskirts, which has been burning since Saturday, has so far burnt through more than 2400 hectares. More than 100 firefighters are working ti bring the fire under control.

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Wildfires – Australia

A passenger has filmed the moment a Sydney train drove through a fierce fire zone, as 1000 hectares of bushland went up in flames. Sydney Trains said buses had replaced trains between East Hills and Glenfield on the T8 Airport and South Lines. Although conditions have eased today, there are fears strong winds will challenge the efforts of 500 firefighters battling the Holsworthy blaze.

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Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA

An outbreak of wildfires has most of Oklahoma under a state of emergency Friday evening. High wind and severe drought are creating blow torch conditions. At least one person has died and more than 200,000 acres have burned. About 1,400 people have been forced from their homes.

Wildfires are raging in Vici, Oklahoma, where they are burning homes and killing cattle.

In some places, the fire is spreading a mile every 8 to 12 minutes.

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Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA

More than 135,000 acres of grasslands and woodlands have burned Thursday across the state, the Oklahoma Forestry Services reported.

The forestry services report the hardest hit area is in Woodward County, about four miles north of Woodward. As of about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, a group of fires known as the 34 Complex Fire scorched an estimated 115,000 acres in the area and is expected to continue to grow overnight.

Residents in the area have been evacuated as structures are threatened by the fires. Fire crews are expected to continue to battle the blaze throughout the night, officials said.

Wildfires – New Mexico, USA

State Forestry and USDA Forest Service crews are working to contain a prescribed fire that turned into a wildfire near the Zuni Mountains. Officials said the Diener Canyon Fire is burning on federal land in the Cibola National Forest. As of Thursday at 8:30 p.m., the fire has burned an estimated 1,000 acres.

The Bluewater Fire is an estimated 1,000 acres and crews haven’t been able to contain it. Officials said residents in Bluewater Acres and Bluewater Village are on a pre-evacuation notice.

Another fire, the 206 fire, is an estimated 60,000 acres and is between Tatum and Milnesand. At least 12 homes on Bledsoe Road have been ordered to evacuate in that area. This fire has spread to Texas.

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Wildfires – Australia

Record-breaking temperatures and fierce winds have left fire services struggling to contain a bushfire south of Adelaide, and residents are being urged to flee their homes or enact their bushfire survival plans.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) has issued a watch and act warning for Inman Valley – near Stockwell and Kemmiss Hill road – saying lives could be threatened as the out-of-control fire moves north.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

More than 30 wildfires are burning across Florida, and at least three of them are still significant, burning thousands of acres.

South Florida’s Collier County makes up half of the more than 34,000 acres burning in Florida. A quarter comes from the Panhandle’s Gulf County with about 8,000 acres burning.

Polk and Miami-Dade counties made up the rest of the significant wildfires, each burning hundreds of acres. The Miami-Dade fire is now fully contained. The rest are mostly contained.