Wildfires – North West Territories, Canada
Three new person-caused wildfires have appeared in the NWT’s South Slave in the past two days, officials said on Monday. One fire erupted at the abandoned former mining community of Pine Point, while two more began outside Fort Smith.
Wildfires – Alberta, Canada
An out-of-control wildfire continues to burn in the Notikewin area, approximately 10 kilometres northwest of the town of Manning, Alberta. The fire is estimated to be more than 23,000 hectares in size, and wildfire danger in the Peace River Forest Area has been labelled “extreme.” Over 200 firefighters, five air tankers and 18 helicopters are helping in the firefight.
Wildfires – Australia
A bushfire emergency has been declared in the Perth Hills, that’s damaged buildings and threatened Acacia Prison. The bushfire has since been brought under control and residents have been told they are no longer in immediate danger.
An emergency warning was issued for parts of The Lakes, Beechina, Copley, Woottating and Wooroloo in the Shires of Mundaring and Northam on Wednesday afternoon as the fast-moving blaze threatened homes.
Wildfires – Mexico
Massive wildfires in southern Mexico have sent smoke streaming over Mexico City, turning the sunsets blood red and sending pollution levels skyrocketing. The city’s environment commission has warned residents to stay indoors, and pollution levels could spike further in the coming days. The U.S. National Weather Service has already detected smoke aloft in U.S. skies
NASA satellite imagery from this weekend reveals dozens of hot spots across the region with swirls of smoke blanketing the southern half of Mexico and spilling into Central America. Spot fires also ignited around Mexico City.
Wildfires – India
Massive forest fires have broken out in the jungles of Almora and Nainital districts. In Nainital district, wildfires have been raging in Bhimtal, Sattal and Devidhura areas; flames raging in inflammable pine jungles on Bhowali Road in the district have left environmentalists particularly worried. The state capital, too, has witnessed around 32 cases of forest fires in the last 11 days. More than 400 ha of forests have been destroyed by the fires which are caused by arsonists.
Wildfires – Russia
Wildfires have scorched over 44,000 hectares in 18 Russian regions, the Federal Aerial Forest Protection Service (Avialesokhrana) said in a statement on Saturday, adding that 155 forest fires had been extinguished in the previous 24 hours.
As many as 17 forest fires have been registered in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region, while the number of wildfires active in the Kurgan, Irkutsk and Trans-Baikal region ranges from four to six. Firefighting activities involve 3,600 personnel and 835 pieces of equipment.
The fire season has begun in 77 Russian regions. A state of emergency has been declared in six regions, namely the Kurgan, Trans-Baikal, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Tuva regions, as well as in certain districts of the Chelyabinsk region
Wildfires – South Sudan
A bush fire fanned by gusty winds has gutted four villages in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal region, killing 33 people, with the toll likely to rise. 60 other people were in a critical condition after the fire on Sunday. The fire had also destroyed 138 houses in the villages in Korok East County and killed 10,000 cattle.
Wildfires – Siberia
Devastating wildfires are still raging in southeast Siberia, Russia. Two weeks ago they became a catastrophe in Zabaikalsky krai. A state of emergency was announced: fire had reached 17 settlements, destroyed about 100 houses and devastated more than 200 backyards and farm buildings. Over 600 people had lost their possessions while 34 people had suffered burns. About 12,000 farm animals were lost, with one person dying of fatal burns while trying to save cattle.
Wildfires – Mongolia
Local authorities declared that about 1,000 firefighters have been called to control a forest fire that erupted Tuesday in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The fire erupted in the Haosengou forest farm in the city of Arxan of Hinggan League. An aerial survey revealed that the blaze spread is about 18 km wide, as 2 choppers have also been deployed in the battle the fire.
Alaska wildfire season kicks off
A spark from a snowmobile ignited dry grass south of a Bering Sea village, lighting up tundra and signaling that Alaska’s wildfire season is in full swing.
The freak fire Sunday covered 35 acres south of Unalakleet before smokejumpers arrived. It grew to 196 acres before they contained it.
The fire near the Yupik village 148 miles southeast of Nome was one of 13 weekend conflagrations that prompted the Alaska Division of Forestry to warn people not to be casual with outdoor fires.
Wildfires – Norway
Hundreds of people have had to leave their homes in Norway as emergency services try to extinguish forest fires raging in the south of the country. Some 148 homes were evacuated around the town of Sokndal, where fires have been burning since Tuesday.
Police say the fires are still out of control and warn that heavy winds could help them to spread. This month alone, wildfires have broken out in Sweden, Germany and the UK. April is very early for forest fires in Norway, and experts have warned of a dramatic increase across the continent.
Wildfires – Siberia
Wildfires tore through nearly 20 towns in the grasslands of southeastern Siberia between April 19-22. The fires injured at least 34 people, four of them critically, and left at least 645 people homeless in Zabaikalsky region. Some 11,800 livestock – including at least 1,277 cattle plus 489 horses – were destroyed, many of them roasted alive or killed after suffering terrible burns, according to various reports. Around 10,000 sheep are feared to have been lost. Some 120 pigs and 1,800 farm birds were burned in the wildfires.
In two cases, the wildfires truly came from China and Mongolia, The causes of two more fires were burning landfills. Two fires started because of breaks in power lines and the subsequent short circuits. In one settlement, residents threw smouldering ash from the furnace (igniting a fire).
Wildfires – UK
The UK has been hit by nearly a hundred large wildfires in 2019, making it the worst year on record already. The hot spell in February and the recent Easter heatwave have contributed to a total of 96 major wildfires of 25 hectares or larger, eclipsing the previous high of 79 across the whole of 2018.
Wildfires – Siberia
Large wildfires that have been burning in grasslands (steppe) in southern Siberia for about a week. A State of Emergency has been declared in the Transbaikal region where about 1,200 personnel are battling the blazes. The province of Khabarovsk is also affected. Satellite images show the extent of the blazes.
Wildfires – Siberia
Massive steppe wildfires, propelled by strong winds, have destroyed more than a hundred houses in the Siberian region of Trans-Baikal, leaving hundreds of local residents homeless. More than 400 people were affected by the wildfires that got out of control in the remote Russian region on the Mongolian border. At least, 111 houses in 15 villages were lost in the disaster, the governor’s office said. The people evacuated in time and there have been no fatalities related to the fires.
Wildfires – Mexico
An image from NASA Earth Observatory shows a large wildfire burning in a forest located west of Cienega de Escobar in Durango, Mexico. According to news reports, the fire is one of 95 wildfires burning in 18 Mexican states.
Wildfires – Scotland
A series of wildfires took hold on the north side of the Isle of Bute. The fire service said a large area of moorland and forestry were affected.
Wildfires – Ethiopia
A group of ten firefighters from Israel and an expert from the Home Front Command arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday to help with the wildfires that have been burning out of control for two weeks in the Simien Mountains in the north of the country. One member of the group is an expert in aerial firefighting techniques. The mountains are a World Heritage Site and one of the country’s main tourist attractions. The national park is home to several rare animal species including the Waliya ibex and Gelada baboon.
Wildfires – Thailand
Forest fires have damaged more than 2.6 million rai of land in nine northern provinces, according to a satellite image report by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency. During January 1- March 16, 2,680,634 rai of land was destroyed in wildfires (about 430 000 hectares).