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Wildfires – Hawaii, USA

Big Island firefighters and multiple agencies continued their efforts Sunday to extinguish a brush fire burning hundreds of acres in Waikoloa. The fire is estimated to have burned between 830 to 900 acres over the last 24 hours, officials said. At last check, the fire was 35 percent contained.

Wildfires – Chile

About 1,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed in the past 24 hours in Chile’s central region of Valparaiso, while authorities have declared the red alert in five areas on Sunday. The fires have been fed by a prolonged drought and temperatures that have topped 40 degrees Celsius.

Wildfires – Australia

A bushfire is burning out-of-control in Perth’s southern suburbs, shutting a major freeway. Kwinana Freeway has been shut in both directions from Mortimer Road and Mundijong Road due to smoke from a fast-moving fire in Baldivis.

Up to 150 firefighters, two air tankers and about 13 bulldozers and tractors will spend today strengthening and building containment lines on the Mt Canobolas blaze that’s already destroyed more than 790 hectares, a NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman said.

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Wildfires – USA

A wildfire is burning near the Dragoon Mountains southeast of Tucson. The fire started on on Saturday.

The Knob Hill Fire started on private land west of the Dragoon Mountains and has burned over the top toward the east side of the mountains into Coronado National Forest Land. The fire was human caused but is still under investigation.

The wildfire is estimated to have burned 2,000 acres, according to a Monday morning update from the incident command on Inciweb.

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Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA

Firefighters say wildfires have scorched thousands of acres of dry grasslands in northeastern Oklahoma.

Dozens of firefighters fought a grassfire along Oklahoma Highway 20 in Osage County Saturday evening that officials say burned up to 10,000 acres. Officials say another large fire in Mayes County burned hundreds of acres more.

Authorities say no homes or other structures were damaged in the fires and no injuries were reported.

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Wildfires – Iran

Fire incidents in natural sites under the control of the Department of Environment have increased by 20% since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2017) compared with the same period of last year. Some 3,300 hectares of land in DOE protected areas (national parks, natural monuments, wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas), including woodlands, ranges and wetlands, have been ravaged by wildfires during the period.

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Wildfires – New Zealand

A large bush fire is burning in a remote part of the main island of the Chatham Islands. The fire, which started on Thursday morning, has burned through 1500ha at Owenga Road, south of Waitangi Wharf, in the south. It isn’t yet posing a risk to people or property, but is threatening conservation land. The Chathams are about 800km east of New Zealand and are home to about 600 people.

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Wildfires – South Africa

A female firefighter died while battling a blaze on the slopes of Table Mountain on Sunday. She is suspected to have suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Christian Barnard Hospital but could not be saved. Firefighters remain on the scene to deal with persistent hotspots.

Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA

Firefighters say wildfires have scorched hundreds of acres in western Oklahoma, damaging fences and equipment but causing no injuries.

Firefighters battled two large wildfires Saturday afternoon, including one north of Clinton that scorched about 975 acres in Custer County. About 20 structures were threatened by flames but that none were damaged. Some agricultural equipment and supplies were damaged in the wildfire.

A second wildfire located two miles east of Clinton and south of Interstate 40 scorched about 600 acres. Officials managed to move livestock grazing in the area to safety.

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Bears burned in Southern California wildfires now back home in the wild

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Two bears that were badly burned in last month’s Southern California wildfires are back in the wild after doctors used alternative treatments, including acupuncture, to save them.

Rescuers brought the bears and a 5-month-old mountain lion to vets with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and UC Davis.

Dr. Jamie Peyton says she and colleagues stitched tilapia fish skins on the animals’ feet to soothe the burns. Doctors commonly use pig and human grafts on burned people. Peyton says the bears soon were up and walking around in their bandages.

Wildfires – Australia

Volunteers from Rural Fire Service brigades across the Northern Rivers, New South Wales, have been helping to battle a large blaze south of Narrabri in the state’s west. The fire at Dipper Rd, Dandry, has burnt out about 60,000 hectares. It has now been contained.

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Wildfires – Australia

Extra crews have been flown in to help exhausted firefighters across the New England North West. Bushfires, like the Pilliga National Park blaze have been burning since last week. The region’s exhausted fire crews have been relieved from the rugged fireground as several bushfires continue to burn. It means after three days of firefighting, tired crews were able to stand down on Tuesday morning from the Bonnay fire, near Barraba and Bundarra, as it reached 11,500 hectares in size.

Firefighters are gaining the upper hand on a bushfire burning in remote land in the NSW Hunter region. The blaze has burnt through more than 3500 hectares in difficult terrain near Braidleys Gully, southwest of Singleton.

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Wildfires – Australia

New South Wales – Rural properties near Bowral in the Alders and Crees Road areas in Bannaby may come under threat from a grassfire, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.

The 634-hectare blaze is at watch-and-act alert level with firefighters and an aircraft on scene to try to slow its spread.

A watch and act alert has also been issued north of Tamworth, where there’s an out of control 3500-hectare fire. The RFS is concerned isolated rural properties may be threatened 10km southwest of Bundarra.

Victoria – MORE than 30 fire trucks and seven water bombers have brought a bushfire in central Victoria under control. An emergency warning issued for the towns of Campbelltown, Cotswold, Glengower, Moolort, Smeaton, Strathlea, and Ullina has been downgraded to an alert message as a result.

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Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters are battling several big bushfires in New South Wales – one is threatening homes in the Southern Tablelands, and the other has forced the closure of the Royal national park in Sydney’s south. An emergency warning has been issued for an out-of-control bushfire south of Bundeena in the park.

Further south, near Bowral, rural properties in the area of Alders and Crees Road in Bannaby face the threat of a blaze burning through grass in the area, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.

And east of Canberra, firefighters from the ACT have been sent into NSW to protect houses threatened by another bushfire in the Southern Tablelands.

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Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA

Several grass fires in Murray County Thursday afternoon burned through 2,000 acres, threatening homes and livestock. More than a dozen fire departments were dispatched Thursday to fight three grass fires northeast of Sulphur. Those fires — which eventually merged into one large blaze — are now under control.

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Wildfires – Australia

Skies in Perth, Australia, turned dramatic colours after a bushfire blanketed the city with smoke. More than 150 firefighters fought the blaze as it burned through 3,000 acres (1,200ha) of bushland near the city on Sunday, authorities said. Officials said the fire was being treated as suspicious, but nobody was hurt.

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Wildfires – Australia

Newcastle Airport has been shut down and sealed off with all flights cancelled as firefighters battle a bush fire in Tomago, Australia. Estimates suggest the blaze has now covered 1 100 acres as winds continue to force the blaze northwards. Four ‘waterbombing’ aircraft have been called in.

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Wildfires – California

The Thomas Fire ripped through more than 440 square miles of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, killing two people, destroying more than 1,000 structures and damaging 280 more. It is now 100 percent contained but has yet to be declared fully extinguished after burning for nearly 40 days.

The fire, sparked Dec. 4, was fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions, defying the efforts of crews in the air and on the ground, jumping the 101 Freeway and pushing relentlessly day by day until it looped back on itself in a massive rough-edged ring, with the resort town of Ojai in the middle.

It devastated several foothill and seaside communities and stripped vegetation vital to the integrity of the hillsides, leaving wide swaths below vulnerable to the mudslides that would ultimately hit earlier this week in the season’s first heavy rainstorm.

Wildfires – New Caledonia

Dozens of firefighters in the south of New Caledonia are trying to contain bushfires which have destroyed more than 1,000 hectares of vegetation. The area around Mont-Dore has reportedly had no rain for five months, with winds fanning the blazes. A farm with all its equipment has been burned down while dozens of residential houses have been threatened by the flames, prompting evacuations and road closures. Earlier this season, about 13,000 hectares were destroyed in bushfires.