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Wildfires – Siberia

More than 500 people have lost their homes in large-scale wildfires sweeping across Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Region on Thursday. According to verified data, fires destroyed 130 houses in the Krasnoyarsk Region, leaving 533 people, including 67 children, homeless. The death of two people has been confirmed,”

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

While the Tampa Bay area and much of the state saw much-needed rain over the weekend, it wasn’t enough to end drought conditions or threats of wildfires, according to state officials. As of Monday, in fact, 125 active wildfires continued to burn across the state. Most counties in Central and Southwestern Florida were also still experiencing moderate to very high wildfire risks, state officials say.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire burning south of Jamul, near San Diego had scorched more than 1,000 acres by Saturday night and was threatening Dulzura. The blaze, called the Gate fire, broke out south of Otay Lakes Road and west of state Route 94, near a Border Patrol checkpoint. The fire is 75% contained and is not threatening any structures.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

State Wildland Firefighters are assisting Avon Park Air Force Bombing Range with an approximately 8,000-acre brush fire on the Highlands/Polk County line Wednesday night.

The wildfire is located south of Arbuckle Lake and southeast of Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. The fire is currently zero percent contained. No one in the area has been evacuated. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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Wildfires – Greece

Greece’s fire department says that one person has died after a wildfire broke out west of Athens. A body was found in a ravine outside the town of Agioi Theodoroi, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Athens. The fire, which has been contained, burned through a forest area and severely damaged a house on the outskirts of the town.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

More than 140 wildfires are burning in the state of Florida today.

It’s a “red flag warning” day in inland portions of West Central Florida today, which means high winds, no rain in sight and low humidity. Florida remains under a state of emergency because of a rash of wildfires, with a declaration from the governor last month.

The Brooksville office of the Florida Forest Service says nine of the current wildfires they’re monitoring are in Hernando and Pasco Counties, including a fire in Starkey Wilderness Preserve that has charred more than 2,000 acres.

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Wildfires – Siberia

The total area engulfed by wildfires in Russia’s Siberia has grown to 1,800 hectares, with most the fires reported from the TransBaikal Territory, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service reported on Thursday.

“Forest fires in Siberia are raging on an area of about 1,800 hectares. Most of the wildfires are reported from the TransBaikal Territory (1,100 hectares). The area consumed by wildfires in the Irkutsk region stands at about 550 hectares, in the republic of Tuva – 70 hectares, and in the Tomsk region – 43 hectares,” the service said.

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Wildfires – Southern Georgia, USA

Seventy-nine people in St. George in Georgia’s southernmost county have been evacuated after a wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp began encroaching onto private property.

Firefighters are battling the blaze, on the Georgia-Florida line. There are 60 bulldozers, eight helicopters and three heavy air tankers on the scene to help fight the fire in the tiny, rural town.

The wildfire started by lightning on April 6 and has since burned more than 150 square miles (389 sq. kilometers) on public lands.

Wildfires – South Korea

Wildfires swept through roughly 130 hectares of forest in Gangneung and Samcheok, Gangwon, from Saturday burning down about 30 homes and at least 500 people were evacuated.

Another fire broke out in Sangju, North Gyeongsang, on Saturday, and was put out by Sunday morning. It burned down about 13 hectares of forests, killing one hiker and injuring two more.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

Evacuations are in place for residents in Charlton County, Georgia due to the West Mims Fire and the smoke from the fire has also moved its way over Northeast Florida.

The latest update from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge says the West Mims Fire is currently 116,571 acres and 12% contained. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the fire today, due to the fact it grew over 3,000 acres on Friday as dry, windy conditions pushed the fire over containment lines.

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Wildfires near Fukushima

Wildfires that broke out in a mountain forest near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant last weekend are causing worries that radiation from the 2011 disaster might be spread with the smoke, dust and flames.

Eight helicopters from Fukushima, Miyagi and Gunma prefectures were dispatched to Mount Juman in Naime in the north east of the country, where radiation levels have remained high since the Fukushima plant experienced a triple meltdown in the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

The fire was apparently started by lighting in the abandoned area, which the Japanese government has designated as a “difficult-to-return” zone, meaning that evacuees of the initial disaster have not returned home due to persistently high radiation measurements.

Fires around nuclear accident sites can spread radionuclides like cesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium that can travel with the wind, posing a risk of internal exposure to anyone who might inhale them, said Anton Beneslavsky, a firefighter who worked to extinguish the blazes near Chernobyl. “This is a health concern because when these unstable atoms are inhaled, people become internally exposed to radiation,” he wrote in a blog post for Greenpeace Russia.

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Wildfires – Scotland

A blaze broke out at Raon Na Cuile, near Lochinver, shortly before 10pm and spread to a three mile front across the hillside.

Another wildfire restarted at Dalnabreac near Acharacle after firefighters appeared to have brought it under control yesterday evening. It initially started at about 12.30pm yesterday and spread to a size of about 500 acres at its peak.

Both wildfires were under control but wind conditions were making it difficult for the firefighters. No structures have been affected by either wildfire.

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Wildfires – Borneo

The area of wildfires in Borneo during drought years turns out to be ten times larger than during non-drought years, an international research team reports in Nature Climate Change of this week. The fires recurrently affecting Borneo’s humid tropical ecosystems have negative influence on the biodiversity and lead to large CO2 emissions, affecting atmospheric composition and regional climate processes. Future droughts in wet tropical regions will likely increase in frequency and severity, and consequently the fire risk, the team says.

Wildfires – Ireland

Fire brigades were battling two more wildfires Tuesday evening in Donegal and Dublin. Firefighters in Dublin were also battling a gorse wildfire on Howth Head.

Recent dry weather conditions have made land more susceptible to fire, particularly where there is a fuel source close to forests. The Forest Service from the Department of Agriculture issued an orange fire warning last week.

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Wildfires – California

Crews are battling major wildfires in California. Strong winds fanned the number of brush fires in southern California Sunday night, some growing from 10 acres to more than 1,200 acres. Some homes are being threatened by the flames but no evacuations have been ordered as of this morning. About 150 firefighters were on scene overnight.

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Wildfires – Siberia

Some 3,700 populated localities in Siberia have been saved from wildfires thanks to efforts of firefighters and rescuers, Sergei Menyailo, the Russian president’s envoy to the Siberian Federal District, told TASS on April 29.

Most typical cause of wildfires is mishandling of fire, he added. The situation is complicated by hot and windy weather.

A state of emergency has been imposed in the entire Siberian Federal District over ongoing wildfires. The most serious situation is in the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia where about 100 dwelling houses have been burnt down to the ground in fires.

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Wildfires – Siberia

Rescuers have managed to save all the residents of a Russian village before the settlement located on an island in Irkutsk Region burned to the ground. The spread of wildfires across Siberia has prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Hundreds of people were trapped in the village of Bubnovka surrounded by water as a massive fire was ripping through their homes. Luckily for some 435 residents, local Emergencies Ministry staff were conducting anti-flood drills in the area and rapidly reacted to the incident. Responding the distress call, they rushed to the scene to evacuate the villagers. Using an air cushion rescue boat, the responders brought people to safety. No one was harmed.

At least 59 buildings in the village ultimately burned down. It is believed that the fire was started by a local resident burning trash.

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