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Wildfires – Montana, USA

A series of wildfires burning in Eastern Montana blew up on Thursday and now have torched approximately 48,000 acres — or 75 square miles.

The Bridge Coulee Fire was discovered Wednesday afternoon 16 miles north of Mosby and grew from 2,500 acres Thursday afternoon to over 32,000 acres by late evening.

There are three other fires in Garfield County that are being combined with the Bridge Coulee into the Lodgepole Complex which are estimated to cover nearly 48,000 acres.

The Baker fire, 20 miles north of Sand Springs, has burned 10,000 acres while the South Breaks fire, which is 27 miles northeast of Mosby has burned over 5,000 acres. The third blaze is the Square Butte fire which has burned over 800 acres 19 miles north of Sand Springs.

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Wildfires – California

Wildfires across California have now forced the evacuation of 5,000 people as the blaze threatens 1,500 homes across the state’s historic Gold Rush region.

A blaze burning in foothills west of Yosemite National Park destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands to flee Gold Rush-era towns but fire crews have been able to stop it from reaching a threatened community on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

The fire was threatening about 1,500 homes and other buildings, after already destroying 29 structures.

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Wildfires – California

A wildfire that has forced thousands of Californians to flee their homes exploded in size on Wednesday, threatening a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite National Park as dozens of blazes scorched the U.S. West.

More than 2,000 firefighters have contained just 7 percent of the Detwiler Fire, which is approaching the town of Mariposa and tiny communities in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The blaze has mushroomed to 48,000 acres (19,424 hectares), an increase of about 23,000 acres (9,307 hectares) compared with the day before. The fire has destroyed 29 structures and is threatening some 1,500 more structures. Flames have destroyed eight structures southwest of Yosemite National Park and the fire is threatening power lines to the park, but no one has been injured.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

As forest fires raged Wednesday in western Canada, the provincial government extended a state of emergency and announced aid for tens of thousands of people evacuated because of the disaster.

Around 150 fires were burning in British Columbia on the Pacific coast, and more than half of them remained out of control, firefighting officials said.

The fires have forced at least 46,000 people from their homes.

Nearly 3,000 firefighters aided by 200 water-dumping helicopters and planes are fighting the fires, and reinforcements are on the way.

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Wildfires – Portugal

Portuguese emergency services say they are gradually bringing under control a spate of wildfires that erupted after temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

The Civil Protection Agency says almost 1,700 firefighters are tackling eight large countryside blazes with the help of 20 water-dropping aircraft. It said seven other wildfires are being brought under control and 19 are almost out. Most of the wildfires are in northern Portugal, where thick forests of pine and eucalyptus trees and steep ridges make firefighting especially hard.

Wildfires – Croatia and Montenegro

Croatian authorities say firefighters have battled throughout the night to contain raging wildfires that threatened a key port on the country’s Adriatic coast. Parts of the coastal town of Split were enveloped in thick smoke Tuesday after flames reached suburban areas the previous evening. Residents have joined firefighters to defend the houses and stop the fire from spreading. Emergency services say some 80 people have been lightly injured. They say the situation has improved in the morning after firefighting planes took off and the wind slowed down.

In neighboring Montenegro to the south, authorities say they might have to evacuate a village on the Lustica peninsula. About 100 people already have been evacuated the area as fires spread.

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Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Fast-moving wildfires in British Columbia have forced nearly 40,000 people to leave their homes and residents are flooding into crowded evacuation centers amid a provincial state of emergency.

The entire city of Williams Lake, six hours northeast of Vancouver, was ordered evacuated on the weekend. The community has a population of over 10,000.

Wind over the weekend also caused a flare-up of a huge fire that started near the Ashcroft Indian Band reserve, which has charred just over 154-square miles (400-square kilometers) west of Kamloops.

Near Kelowna, about 60 homes remained on evacuation alert in the community of Lake Country after a human-caused fire was sparked Friday, destroying eight homes.

Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire burning in central California tripled in size Monday, forcing more people from their homes as firefighters battle the day-old blaze burning in steep areas with heavy brush and tall grass. The fire, burning near Lake McClure, a reservoir about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Modesto, has scorched 17 square miles (44 square kilometers) since it broke out Sunday afternoon. Officials have ordered evacuations for an unknown number of homes. The fire has destroyed one home and damaged another.

In Northern California, a 900-acre wildfire in Mendocino County has also triggered an evacuation of homes. That fire is 25 percent contained.

To the south, crews are struggling to surround a 28-square-mile (72-square-kilometer) blaze burning for more than a week in the mountains of Santa Barbara County. It is just 49 percent contained after destroying 16 homes.

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Wildfires – Croatia and Montenegro

Firefighters in Croatia and Montenegro have been struggling to contain wild fires that have erupted along the Adriatic coast in the two countries at the height of the tourism season.

In Croatia, the blazes have spread over several locations along the coast and on the islands, engulfing pine forests and low shrubbery in extremely dry and windy weather. Near the coastal town of Sibenik, a fire almost reached houses, but firefighting planes managed to stop the flames from spreading any further. Thick smoke has closed down the main road in the area. More fires have been reported further north, near the town of Pula, and on the islands of Pag and Vir.

In Montenegro, strong winds hampered efforts to battle several fires along the coast and near the capital, Podgorica.

Wildfires – California, USA

Two wildfires that began Sunday afternoon in Northern and Central California are prompting evacuations.

The Detwiller Fire, which began shortly before 4 p.m. just east of Lake McClure in Mariposa County, has spread to 2,500 acres and is forcing evacuations of residents on Hunters Valley road and parts of Bear Valley Road.

In Mendocino County the Grade Fire, which started shortly before 3 p.m., was burning along U.S. 101 about five miles northwest of Redwood Valley. By 8:45 p.m. the fire had burned about 1,000 acres and was 10% contained. Residents of the Baker Creek subdivision were under mandatory evacuation orders.

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Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Thousands of Williams Lake, B.C., residents are being forced from their homes as high winds fan a wildfire burning next to the community. An evacuation order was issued Saturday evening for the entire City of Williams Lake and numerous surrounding areas including the village of 150 Mile House that have been under threat from nearby fires for almost a week.

BC Wildfire Service said Saturday there are about 161 active wildfires in the province, 14 of which pose a direct threat to communities.

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Wildfires – Italy

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Firefighters are battling wildfires throughout southern Italy, including along the slopes of the volcano Mount Vesuvius near Naples.

Wildfires have been raging for days, and Italy’s civil protection agency on Tuesday said it was responding with helicopters to 18 blazes, including four in Campania, the region which includes Naples, and two each in Sicily and Basilicata.

Some people have been evacuated as a precaution from near Mount Vesuvius, where the smoke emitted from the blaze some 2 kilometers (a mile) wide deceived some observers who thought the volcano was erupting.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Some 14,000 people have been evacuated in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) as more firefighters arrive to help fight the flames. About 300 out-of-province firefighters are due this week to assist in battling the roughly 220 fires raging in BC’s central interior region.

Emergency officials said about 40,000 hectares have burned across the province since 1 April with most of the damage in recent days.

The number of evacuees has doubled from roughly 7,000 people on Saturday. About 1,500 people were forced to drive overnight on Sunday when the town of 100 Mile Housein the South Caribou region was told to evacuate as the fires began to pose a threat to the community. The fires are also threatening the region’s livestock.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Two major wildfires in California have forced nearly 8,000 people out of their homes.

About 4,000 people evacuated and another 7,400 were told to prepare to leave their homes as fire swept through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles north of Sacramento, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday. The fire has burned nearly 4 square miles, injured four firefighters and destroyed at least 10 structures.

The area burning was southeast of Oroville, where spillways in the nation’s tallest dam began crumbling from heavy rains this winter and led to temporary evacuation orders for 200,000 residents downstream.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A pair of Santa Barbara County wildfires quickly spread Saturday, threatening hundreds of homes and forcing evacuations at a popular lakeside campground and a summer camp where flames temporarily trapped children and counselors, a fire official said.

The fire was one of three in the state that grew quickly as much of California baked in heat that broke records in parts of Southern California. A record that stood 131 years in Los Angeles was snapped when the temperature spiked at 98 degrees downtown. The previous record of 95 degrees was set in 1886, the National Weather Service said.

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Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

The province of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency, as wildfires burn out of control throughout most of the Interior. The wildfires burning out of control have prompted the evacuation of at least one airport, two hospitals, an entire town and hundreds more homes throughout the region.

The B.C. Wildfire Service said 138 new fires started throughout the province on Friday, many of them started by lightning.

One of the largest fires is near Ashcroft, a town in a dry grasslands area about 120 kilometres west of Kamloops. The fire quickly grew to more than 4,000 hectares from 50 hectares over the course of the day.

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Wildfires – Nevada, USA

A mobile home and two buildings have reportedly burned in the Winnemucca Ranch Fire in Palomino Valley.

The wildfire that started north of Wadsworth, The Truckee Fire, has burned an estimated 70,000 acres, or about 109 square miles. BLM says the fire is about 35% contained.

The 26,785 acre Earthstone fire is now threatening as many as 20 structures. Some residents were urged to evacuate late Wednesday.

Wildfires, Colorado, USA

About 450 Breckenridge-area homes remain evacuated Thursday as firefighters face a test in keeping the Peak 2 fire at bay amid warm temperatures and possibly gusting winds.

The fire blazing on remote land in Northwest Colorado grew to 8,000 acres on Thursday, as firefighters worked to contain its growth. The fire is five percent contained.

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Wildfires – Nevada, Colorado, USA

The blaze that began near Golden Eagle Regional Park in Sparks and temporarily prompted the closure of Interstate 80 has grown to about 13,500 acres. Firefighters have contained about 20 percent of the blaze.

Meanwhile, a fire burning in the Wadsworth area reached about 20,000 acres overnight and continues to grow. This fire is now covering portions of Washoe and Churchill counties.

Grass and sage are fueling both blazes burning in areas firefighters cannot access easily on the ground, forcing them to attack them by air.

In Colorado, hot and dry conditions have led to multiple small wildfires burning across Colorado, and fire crews across the state are working to get them under control.

Forest Wildfires in Jordan

A total of 408 dunums of forest have been destroyed in 11 wildfires across the country since the start of the year, according to a government official. Jordan has relatively little forest area and close monitoring is showing a decrease in forest fires compared to previous years.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

Two wildfires burning in north central Washington have consumed more than 11 square miles (30.3 square kilometers).

The Spartan Fire in Chelan County had burned about seven square miles (18.1 square kilometers) on Tuesday and threatened some 80 homes. The state Department of Natural Resources says the fire is about 10 percent contained by 160 firefighters.

Meanwhile, the state says grasslands fires in Douglas County have burned some 4.6 square miles (11.9 square kilometers) and have no containment.

Occupants of the homes threatened by the Spartan Fire, a few miles southeast of Wenatchee, were told to be ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice.

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Wildfires – Idaho, USA

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says a lightning storm ignited multiple fires in Southwest Idaho.

The largest fire to spark during the storm Monday night was estimated at nearly 5 square miles and located northwest of Grandview.

The second largest blaze burned about 2.3 square miles Monday night about two miles east of the Mountain Home Air Force Base.

At least a half dozen smaller fires also started around the area.