(SIBERIA) JUST IN: Authorities in the city of 1.7 million on Tuesday issued a so-called “Black Sky” air quality warning, according to the local Ndn.info news website, with smoke-clearing rain not expected until early Wednesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.27: Citing global air quality ratings, Ndn.info and Siberia’s Tayga.info news website said concentrations of fine particles and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere dangerously exceed the norm:

Wildfire Smoke Blankets Russia’s Third-Largest City: ‘Russia’s third-largest city of Novosibirsk has been blanketed by smog from dozens of nearby wildfires, with residents gasping for air and local media reporting a distinct smell of smoke in the city centre & bloody sun rose over the city because of the smog,” the outlet reported.

April 27, 2021: Russian forecasters have warned of higher numbers of Siberian forest fires in 2021 due to hot and dry weather.Alexander Oshchepkov / NGS.ru

Photos shared by The Siberian Times showed Novosibirsk shrouded in thick sepia-toned air.

With fire season in full swing across nearly every corner of the country, Russia’s fire map service shows Novosibirsk surrounded by dozens of blazes as close as 10 kilometers away.

Earlier this year, Russian forecasters warned of higher numbers of Siberian forest fires in 2021 due to hot and dry weather. Russia has set a number of heat records in recent years.

Russian weather officials and environmentalists have linked the forest fires that have ripped across Siberia with increasing regularity in recent years to climate change and lack of funding for the forest service.

Tuesday’s bad air quality alert comes nearly a month after Siberian scientists decided to classify a “bombshell” pollution report out of fear of angering voters ahead of this fall’s legislative elections.

(C)MOSCOW TIMES 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.28: 2021:

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(NORTHERN IRELAND) JUST IN: A major incident has been declared as firefighters struggle to bring a wildfire in the Mourne Mountains under control since Saturday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.25: Fire crews have spent a second day tackling the blaze which has engulfed a large area in County Down from Bloody Bridge, across Thomas Mountain and the base of Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest mountain:

Major incident declared as wildfire ravages Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland AS Firefighters are struggling to tackle the blaze in the difficult mountainous terrain

Photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @DeeJayDready showing a huge gorse fire spreading across the Mourne Mountains in Co Down, as seen from Newcastle, Co Down. The fire in the Slieve Donard area has been ongoing since the early hours of Friday morning, with up to 60 firefighters and 12 appliances battling the blaze. Issue date: Saturday April 24, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Mournes. Photo credit should read: @DeeJayDready/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A major incident has been declared in Northern Ireland as firefighters tackle blaze in the Mourne Moutains. (Photo:@DeeJayDready/PA Wire) INEWS

Smoke and flames rise from a wildfire in the Mourne Mountains, near Newcastle, Northern Ireland, April 24, 2021. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

The public have been warned to stay away from an area normally popular with visitors.

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The fire started in the Slieve Donard area, not far from filming locations used in the fantasy series Game of Thrones, in the early hours of Friday morning.

However, difficult terrain is making it hard for the 70 firefighters and 10 fire appliances currently at the site to gain control of the blaze.

A major incident command centre has been established in Newcastle with helicopters brought in from England and Ireland to tackle the fire.

Aidan Jennings, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Fire Commander said: “This is undoubtedly one of the most challenging gorse fires firefighters have ever had to deal with.

“It’s really devastating to see an incident of this scale. 

“Our Firefighters are working in intense conditions, in challenging terrain and I commend them for the valiant efforts to date.”

Dry weather has created “a tinderbox landscape” but wildfires such as this one are “predominantly caused by human behaviour”, said Mr Jennings.Smoke and flames rise from the wildfire in the Mourne Mountains. (Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters)

Firefighters are having to travel for an hour-and-a-half up the mountain carrying equipment to get water to the scene of the blaze.

“We’re working with small pumps out of rivers but predominantly it is a physical, hard, beating out job up there”, said Mr Jennings, “We use Land Rovers to get crews up as far as we can, but then it’s out on foot, walking up with all of that equipment.”

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster said it was “devastating and tragic.”

She tweeted: “The impact on wildlife and flora is unimaginable. Full support to those battling the flames.”

The UK government’s Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis described the scenes as “deeply distressing”.

Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland’s environment minister, said horrifying damage is being done over a wide spread area, particularly to wildlife and biodiversity.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Apr.25: 2021:

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(CAPE TOWN, S.A) JUST IN: A wildfire raging on the slopes of ‘Table Mountain’ spread to the ‘University of Cape Town’ burning the historic campus library and forcing the evacuation of students on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: Just off-campus on the slopes of Table Mountain, wind spread the flames across dry brush, and part of the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant caught fire, Cape Town media reported:

Table Mountain wildfire spreads to University of Cape Town, forcing evacuation of students: ‘Orange flames lit up the windows of Jagger Library, housing considerable archives and book collections, while firefighters sprayed jets of water to douse the blaze according to AP via local media’

Posted Yesterday at 9:55pm, updated Yesterday at 11:11pm

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Cape Town firefighters battle the wildfire that has burned part of the university.

At least two floors of the library burned, according to local news reports: Other campus buildings also caught fire, and a historic windmill nearby burned: More than 100 firefighters and emergency personnel were deployed to the university campus and to Table Mountain National Park:

A building burns on the campus of the University of Cape, South Africa, Sunday, April 18, 2021.
A wildfire raging on the slopes of the mountain forced the evacuation of students from the University. (AP)

Four helicopters were being used to drop water on threatened areas, officials said.

One firefighter was injured and being treated at a hospital, according to the Cape Town fire and rescue department.

Residents have been cautioned to be on alert, Charlotte Powell, spokeswoman for the city’s disaster risk management centre, said in a statement.

“At this stage, there’s no cause to evacuate, but we ask that residents adhere to the following: close all windows to prevent draft and reduce heat, damp down your garden using a hose or irrigation system,” Ms Powell said.

AP

Students make their way after being evacuated from their residence at the University of Cape Town.
Students make their way after being evacuated from their residence at the University of Cape Town.(AP: Nardus Engelbrecht)

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.19: 2021:

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