#AceNewsRepor – Sept.13: The Spanish government has deployed a military unit to help firefighters in the mountainous region: Six more towns and villages were evacuated on Sunday, and huge plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away: Residents of five other communities were told to leave their homes on Friday.
#AceDailyNews says that thousandshave fled a huge blaze near Costa del Sol town with at lease one emergency worker being killed in the blaze, which began on Wednesday on high ground above the popular resort town of Estepona on the Costa del Sol according to BBC News Espana …
The blaze has burned 7,400 hectares, according to Spanish media.
“This is inhuman, nothing like this has ever been seen,” one evacuee, Adriana Iacob told Reuters news agency. “The flames of the fire as they ran through the mountains, it was amazing.”
“Since the fire started, we haven’t slept for days. It’s awful,” another local resident, Pepa Rubio, said.
Europe has seen a number of wildfires this summer.A look at some of the fires spreading across Europe – and the rest of the globe
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#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: Many were given only minutes to leave as hundreds of firefighters were deployed in the Var region to the west of Saint-Tropez.
#AceDailyNews says thousands are being evacuated as blaze rages near Riviera according to Reuters local officials say more than 900 firefighters have been mobilised to tackle the wildfire in southern France BBC Newssays that fire officials say the blaze broke out on Monday and has consumed more than 5,000 hectares (12,350 acres).
Nineteen people suffered smoke inhalation and three have been injured.
The fire ignited during an intense heatwave, with forecasters expecting temperatures of up to 35C on Tuesday.
Southern France is the latest area in Europe to be ravaged by wildfires this summer as temperatures soar to record levels around the Mediterranean.
Scientists say heatwaves are becoming more likely and more extreme because of climate change driven by human-induced carbon emissions.
Greece, Turkey, Spain and Portugal are among the countries that have been grappling with wildfires that have claimed lives and destroyed homes.
The blaze in southern France started near the village of Gonfaron, about 50km (30 miles) west of of Saint-Tropez.
By Tuesday morning, it had swept across more than 5,000 hectares of forest and scrubland, the local fire department said.
Firefighting aircraft dumped water to help douse the flames. Var’s local government said 900 firefighters and 120 police had been deployed.
ReutersAircraft have been dropping water on the wildfire
Most of the evacuations took place around the villages of Le Mole and Grimaud.
Seven campsites were cleared of tourists, the local prefect told BFMTV, and some were destroyed by the fire as the flames – fanned by strong winds – spread rapidly.
Tourists and residents in those areas have been sheltering in town halls, collages and gyms. Holidaymakers told French media they were evacuated from hotels at short notice.
France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he would travel to the scene of the fire on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in southern Portugal, hundreds of firefighters were struggling to control a blaze that prompted the evacuation of around 60 people in the Algarve region.
The fires comes a week a major United Nations report warned of more extreme weather events because of global warming. Elsewhere in Europe, flash floods have hit both Austria and northern Italy.
Austrian emergency services rescued dozens of people trapped in cars and buildings after a storm triggered flash floods and mudslides in the Pongau and Pinzgau areas near Salzburg. A bus was destroyed by the flooding.Österreichische WasserrettungOnly
Only a few people were on the bus when it was caught up in flooding at Dienten: Similar rescue operations were necessary in parts of northern Italy, where flood water swept away cars and uprooted trees.
Some of the worst flooding was in the village of Sonico in Lombardy where the river Oglio burst its banks. In South Tyrol, near the border with Austria, dozens of people had to be helped to safety while others were told to stay in their homes.You may also be interested in: ‘I learned to fight fires because I had to’
#AceNewsReport – Aug.09: Over the weekend, it surpassed the 2018 Mendocino Complex Fire to make it the second-worst fire in state history:
#AceDailyNews says that the #DixieWildfire in California is now second-worst in state history and as of Sunday, the fire had destroyed 489,287 acres (198,007 hectares), authorities said, up from the previous day’s 447,723 acres. It now covers an area larger than Los Angeles and the blaze is the largest active wildfire in the United States, but only one of 11 major wildfires in California.
“It was like driving out of a war zone that you see in a movie,” Tami Kugler told AFP, sitting beside her tent at an evacuation station after fleeing the historic town of Greenville before it burned down.
“My neighborhood is gone — I mean gone, gone. Everybody I care and love about that’s in that neighborhood, their homes are gone,” she said, adding: “I didn’t have insurance.”
On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom visited the charred remains of Greenville, expressing his “deep gratitude” to the teams fighting the flames.
He said authorities had to devote more resources to managing forests and preventing fires.
But he added that “the dries are getting a lot drier, it is hotter than it has ever been… we need to acknowledge just straight up these are climate-induced wildfires.”
Climate change amplifies droughts, creating ideal conditions for wildfires to spread out of control and inflict unprecedented material and environmental damage.
The Dixie blaze, which on Saturday left three firefighters injured, remained 21 percent contained Sunday, unchanged from the day before, the CalFire website reported.
Crews estimate the fire, which began July 13, will not be fully extinguished for two weeks.
Higher temperatures forecast –
Weak winds and higher humidity have provided some succor to firefighters, but they are bracing for higher temperatures expected to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) in the coming days.
Heavy smoke was making driving hazardous for fire crews in some areas, and steep trails also made access difficult.
The state’s eight largest wildfires have all come since December 2017. The still-blackened scars of previous fires have aided Dixie Fire crews at times, reducing available fuel.
Thousands of residents have fled the area, many forced to find temporary housing — even living in tents, and often unsure whether their homes have survived.
At an evacuation site under smoky skies in Susanville, exhausted families sat in folding chairs beside tents and vehicles packed with belongings grabbed from their abandoned homes.
The Plumas County sheriff’s office said it was still searching for three people listed as missing, after two others were found over the weekend.
The Dixie Fire has already destroyed about 400 structures — gutting Greenville — and CalFire said workers and equipment were being deployed to save homes in the small town of Crescent Mills, three miles (five kilometers) southeast of Greenville.
More than 5,000 personnel are now battling the Dixie blaze.
Despite repeated evacuation orders from the authorities, some residents have refused to flee, preferring to try to fight the fire on their own rather than leave their property.
By late July, the number of acres burned in California was up more than 250 percent from 2020 — itself the worst year of wildfires in the state’s modern history.
A long-term drought that scientists say is driven by climate change has left much of the western United States and Canada parched — and vulnerable to explosive and highly destructive fires.
A preliminary investigation has suggested the Dixie Fire was started when a tree fell on a power cable owned by regional utility Pacific Gas & Company (PG&E), a private operator that was earlier blamed for the Camp Fire in 2018, which killed 86 people.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: A 38-year-old volunteer firefighter was killed by a falling electricity pole in a suburb of the capital: Greece’s prime minister says a heatwave has turned the country into a powder keg.
#AceNewsDesk says …Greece fires spread uncontrolled, killing a fireman as huge clouds of smoke are billowing over the northern outskirts of Athens, where people are being urged to leave their homes…..
Firefighters are battling 154 wildfires across the country…..
Video from North Euboea, Greece, on Wednesday 4 August 2021. Evacuation is only possible by boats since the wildfire cannot be controlled. Canadair firefighting aircrafts cannot operate due to high temperatures, locally reaching 45ºC. pic.twitter.com/UU3F09L3O4
Fanned by unpredictable winds, the worst blazes are around the north of Athens. Fires are also raging on the nearby island of Evia, and areas close to ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
“We are facing another, more difficult night,” said government minister Nikos Hardalias.
“Wildfires of unprecedented intensity and spread, all our forces are fighting the battle day and night to save lives, together with volunteers.”
Thousands of people have been ordered to leave their homes outside Athens as the blaze tore through houses, cars and businesses.
The firefighter was among the first two people killed by the fires.
The other victim was the president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Konstantinos Michalos. He was found unconscious in a factory close to where a fire was raging.
A further 20 people have been injured.
Hundreds of residents and tourists on Evia island have been evacuated aboard ferries and fishing boats, as wildfires closed in on its shores.
“We’re talking about the apocalypse, I don’t know how to describe it,” Sotiris Danikas, a coastguard official on the island, told broadcaster ERT.
AFP reports Hundreds of residents of Evia island were evacuated on ferries ……
Greece, like many parts of Europe, has been grappling with extreme weather this summer. A week-long heat wave has sparked wildfires in many parts of the country.
In neighbouring Turkey, authorities are battling the country’s worst-ever wildfires. Six more neighbourhoods near a power station were evacuated on Friday.
Eight people have been killed and tens of thousands evacuated along Turkey’s southern coast.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says the fires show “the reality of climate change”. Temperatures in the country have been above 40C (107 degrees Fahrenheit) all week.
Hundreds of firefighters and nearly 20 water-bombing aircrafts are trying to control the blazes across Greece. Extra firefighters and planes are being sent in from countries including France and the US.
In the village Krioneri, close to Athens, the fire scorched homes, businesses and factories.
“The fire is uncontrollable,” resident Vassiliki Papapanagiotis told AFP news agency.
OREGON: The Bootleg Fire in the south nearly doubled in size from Saturday to Sunday, to more than 150,000 acres, as extreme heat waves and wildfires continued to scorch the West.
Wilson Wong is a breaking news reporter with NBC News .July 12, 2021, 1:11 PM BST:
The intense flames in Fremont-Winema National Forest, which broke out Tuesday, burned for the sixth day Sunday, according to an incident report. The out-of-control wildfire was so intense that firefighters retreated to safety zones and deployed more personnel overnight, fire officials said.
Residents in some areas of Klamath County evacuated as the wildfire, which was zero percent contained Sunday, continued to spread, the incident report said. Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire; authorities said “dry weather and extremely dry fuels contribute to extreme fire behavior.”
The fire interrupted electrical lines that transmit power from Oregon to California, energy officials said. California lost thousands of megawatts of imported power and struggled to maintain operating reserves as temperatures soared into triple digits in parts of the state.Emergency services at the Bootleg Fire in Oregon on Sunday.Northwest Incident Management Team 10
Record wildfires and temperatures are ravaging states across the West.
#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.
vethApril 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.
#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
A major incident has been declared in Northern Ireland as firefighters tackle blaze in the Mourne Moutains. (Photo:@DeeJayDready/PA Wire) INEWS
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.
#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
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:
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.