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 – 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 – 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 – Australia

Firefighters are working to contain a bushfire north of Brisbane but have warned they may not be able to protect every property in the semi-rural area and conditions could get worse.

Meanwhile Pilots flying over Bribie Island’s northwestern beaches were met by a heartbreaking scene this afternoon. Numbers of dead kangaroos were spotted from the air. They had been killed fleeing the bushfires. The bushfires at Bribie Island engulfed campsites on Wednesday and Thursday, with water bombers deployed from helicopters top douse the remaining flames today.

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Wildfires – Bolivia

Bolivian authorities warned this week that 70% of the department of Santa Cruz — where more than a quarter of the country’s population lives — is under “extreme risk” from forest fires.

According to the government, nearly 500,000 hectares of forest have now been turned into ashes.

According to Brazil’s space research centre (INPE), 72,843 fires have hit the country’s side of the Amazon — an 83% increase on last year and the highest number registered since records began in 2013. The smokes from the wildfires on Wednesday caused an hour-long blackout in Sao Paulo, located 2,700 kms away.

Greenpeace has blamed the record number of wildfires in the Brazilian Amazon on deforestation. It also warned that it could have severe meteorological consequences for the region but also for the globe.

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Wildfires – USA

Almost 50 large wildfires are burning in a dozen US states from Texas to Alaska.

The McKinley Fire, which has now spread to more than 4,300 acres in Alaska, has destroyed at least 80 structures so far, the Alaska Division of Forestry reported Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, at least 48 large fires are actively burning in 12 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Alaska is battling eight wildfires; Texas 7; Arizona and Idaho six each; Montana and Utah five each; Oregon and Washington three each; New Mexico two; and California, Oklahoma and Wyoming one each.

Wildfires – Australia

Residents living in northeast New South Wales are being advised to put their survival plans into action, with an out-of-control bush fire moving east. The fire is currently burning around 6 kilometres southwest of Uki, near Tweed Heads, and is moving in an easterly direction.

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Wildfires – Canary Islands

Wildfires are raging in Spain’s Canary Islands. About 400 residents were evacuated on Sunday (August 11) from several neighborhoods in Gran Canaria as a huge wildfire spread close to a National Park and in an area popular with holidaymakers.

Wildfires – Australia

A bush fire north of Crescent Head near Loftus Rd has burnt through 850 hectares of bushland since Saturday. Around 70 firefighters have attended the blaze, with crews working around the clock to bring the fire under control and protect properties in the vicinity of Loftus Rd and Richardsons Crossing on Saturday and Sunday.

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Wildfires – Greece

A wildfire which broke out on Elafonisos island in southern Greece on Saturday has prompted the evacuation of a hotel and camping as a precautionary measure, with no injuries reported. The blaze is burning mainly low vegetation, as firefighters’ efforts to contain it are hampered by strong winds.

The image is similar in Marathon municipality, some 42 kilometers northeast of Athens. According to preliminary information from the Fire Brigade, the flames are scorching a forested zone not very far away from the starting line of the Athens Classic Marathon race.

Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters are in position to protect homes on the NSW mid-north coast after a bushfire quickly burned hundreds of hectares. Strong south-easterly winds fanned the blaze over the Belmore River and Lotus Rd, east of Kempsey, and into the beachside Hat Head National Park. The out-of-control blaze had torched almost 400 hectares by 2.15pm.

A watch and act alert is also out for homes in the vicinity of Turners Flat, west of Kempsey, where a fire has burned through about 200 hectares.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

6.0 earthquake hits western Australia.

5.1 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Sumbawa, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.

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Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters and volunteers from Bushfires NT have been working overtime to control a bushfire that has burned through 500 hectares of bush west of Eva Valley. The fire had started near Cheeney Rd in the Chin sub-division and was moving northwest. The blaze posed a risk to upwards of nine properties in the area.

Wildfires – Jamaica

A bush fire which has been burning in the Mavis Bank area of St. Andrew for a few days, has been brought under control, reducing the threat posed to hundreds of acres of coffee.