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Wildfires – South Africa

Hundreds of personnel are still battling the Gordon’s Bay fire in the Western Cape that started on Tuesday, which damaged and destroyed five homes. There have been no formal evacuations, but residential areas are in the line of fire.

Meanwhile, strong winds buffeting the False Bay area are preventing fire teams from bringing a runaway blaze under control.

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Bushfires – New Caledonia

Since the middle of September, almost 100 square kilometres of vegetation has been burnt, incurring substantial material damage but no loss of life. A total of 27 French firefighters are expected this week to help local crews. At the weekend, a major fire was extinguished after 250 firefighters battled it for nearly three weeks. A territory-wide fire ban has been in place for weeks after a dry winter.

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Bushfires – Australia

Australia Zoo and dozens of homes in Beerwah, near the Sunshine Coast, have come under threat from a massive bushfire. The Watch and Act warning currently in place stated residents in the area should be ready to enact a bushfire survival plan or be prepared to leave the area.

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Bushfires – Australia

More than 40 bushfires burned across South Australia on Sunday, scorching hundreds of hectares and threatening properties.

The spate of fires came before Wednesday’s start to the official bushfire season in most districts and more than a month before summer. Country Fire Service volunteers battled grass fires fuelled by tricky weather conditions, including wind gusts of up to 100km/h and dry vegetation.

The biggest fire at Worlds End, in the state’s mid-north, destroyed 280 hectares of stubble before being contained, but was still being monitored for flare-ups on Monday.

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Forest fires stoke record loss in world tree cover

Forest fires in Brazil and Indonesia contributed to a record loss in global tree cover in 2016, equivalent to the size of New Zealand, that could accelerate deforestation blamed for climate change, an independent forest monitoring network said on Monday.

Man-made global warming increased the risks of wildfires by adding to extreme heat and droughts in some regions, according to Global Forest Watch (GFW). This year, California and Portugal have been among places suffering deadly blazes.

The combination of forest fires with land use change and climate change could speed destruction in areas like the Amazon and contribute to emissions of carbon dioxide, one of the gases that contribute to global warming, the report said.

Worldwide, global tree cover losses rose 51 percent in 2016 from the previous year to 297,000 square kilometers (114,672 square miles), according to data from the University of Maryland compiled by Global Forest Watch (GFW). That was a record high for GFW records stretching back to 2000.

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Wildfires – Corsica

French authorities say firefighters have mostly contained wildfires that spread across the Mediterranean island of Corsica over the weekend.

Authorities in Haute-Corse, the prefecture covering the northern part of the island, said strong winds fed fires that started in several places on the weekend following a dry spell. One was a forest fire that broke out on Sunday close to the village of Ville di Paraso. About 190 military police and firefighters, supported by four water bombers, were mobilized to tackle the flames.

Wildfires – Utah USA

Wind-driven wildfires in Utah forced evacuations and threatened structures on a big weekend for deer hunters in the fire zone. Two separate wildfires of 600 acres each and two miles apart raged near Strawberry Reservoir about 80 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. By Sunday evening the winds died down, enabling fire crews to make progress fighting the flames.

Wildfires – Tasmania

An out of control fire burning for a week near St Helens has burnt more than 6000ha of bush and scrub and has prompted the Tasmania Fire Service to ask people unprepared for a bushfire to leave for a safer place. The fire ground covered areas of steep and inaccessible terrain and the fire perimeter was more than 35km.

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Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters battling a bushfire that is threatening lives and homes near a mine site in Western Australia’s north have been forced to shift resources to a separate blaze suspected of being deliberately lit.

A watch and act has been issued for people near the Western Turner mine site, west of Tom Price in the Pilbara. The blaze is out of control and unpredictable, and smoke has closed some roads. The fire has burnt about 24,000ha since it started on October 8.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

The Tasmania Fire Service is responding to 15 bushfires across north and south of the state burning several thousand hectares. There is currently no major threat to property. There is a currently a high fire danger rating around Tasmania in all areas except the North West. It is expected that the rating will increase to very high later today.

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Wildfires – Portugal and Spain

Three people have been killed in Portugal as the country is hit by a record number of forest fires, and three more have died in Spain where blazes sparked by arsonists have been fanned by strong winds from Hurricane Ophelia.

In total, about 440 fires were burning across Portugal on Sunday, which is “the worst day since the beginning of the year”, according to a spokesperson for the national civil protection agency.

In addition to the three dead, about 25 people had been injured, with thousands of firefighters deployed and three motorways, including one linking Lisbon and Porto, closed.

Wildfires – California

The wildfires that erupted last weekend have killed at least 40 people and destroyed at least 5,700 homes and other structures. As of Sunday, roughly 75,000 people were under evacuation orders, down from nearly 100,000 the day before. In all, 17 large fires are still burned across the northern part of the state, with more than 10,000 firefighters attacking the flames using air tankers, helicopters and more than 1,000 fire engines.

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Wildfires – California

Massive wildfires sweeping through California have now killed at least 31 people and damaged thousands of homes, businesses and other buildings, authorities said. Firefighters were still battling 21 large wildfires in multiple counties as of Thursday morning. Intensified by strong winds, the flames have charred more than 190,000 acres of land, damaged or destroyed at least 3,500 structures and forced more than 20,000 residents to evacuate, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Wildfires – California

21 people are now reported to have perished in the 22 blazes that have destroyed 115,000 acres (26,000ha) and 3,500 buildings across California since the fires started on Sunday.

Officials in the hard-hit Sonoma County say 380 people are still missing. More than 91,000 homes and businesses are without power.

At least four wineries have suffered “total or very significant losses”, Napa Valley Vintners said, with nine others reporting some damage to buildings or vineyards.

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Wildfires – California

More than a dozen fast-moving wildfires tearing through California’s wine country have killed at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday.

Fanned by winds of over 80km/h, the blazes have forced more than 20 000 people to evacuate in the country’s heaviest populated state since they began on Sunday night.

California’s fire service said about 73 000 acres have been ravaged by the major infernos.

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Wildfires – Portugal

Eleven active wild fires are continuing to rage on in Portugal across six different fronts with high winds hampering efforts to contain them. Around 1500 firefighters, 200 military personnel and countless locals are desperately battling the blazes.

The fire in Pampilhosa da Serra is said to be the most serious and has left emergency services struggling to cope. Two villages in the Arganil municipality have been evacuated as a precaution and at least four people including three firefighters have been injured in Anadia.

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Wildfires – Canada

With the fire season winding down in the mountains, Parks Canada continues to monitor three wildfires in Glacier National Park.

The Mountain Creek, Prairie Hill and Incomappleux fires are “still smouldering in some area” said a Parks Canada press release, but “pose no rick to people or assets.”

The Mountain Creek fire is about 1944 hectares in size, while the Prairie Hill wildfire is about 3420 hectares and the Incomappleux wildfire is 780 hectares.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A trio of wildfires that threatened at least 100 homes on California’s Central Coast appeared to be easing Friday night. But some canyon houses remained at risk, officials said.

A half-dozen small fires that erupted along a road Friday afternoon merged into three blazes that burned 300 acres of thick manzanita, chaparral, grass and oak. Winds pushed the flames close to Lompoc neighborhoods, and about 900 people were told to evacuate.