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Record heat and severe weather sweeps the nation

A fast-moving storm created treacherous conditions on the East Coast while staggering heat was an obstacle for firefighters in New Mexico, Utah and …

Weather

Dozens killed in huge Portugal forest fire

More than 40 people have been killed in a huge forest fire in central Portugal.<p>Dozens of people have been injured including some firefighters.<p>The blaze in the mountainous area of Pedrogao Grande is being fanned by strong winds during an intense heat wave.

Giant air tanker used to attack growing Georgia wildfire

Firefighters called up a giant air tanker to attack a rapidly growing wildfire that threatened homes Tuesday on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp near the Georgia-Florida state line.<p>The modified DC-10 jet liner, capable of dumping 11,600 gallons (44,000 liters) of chemical fire retardant in a single …

Weather

Fire in Okefenokee wildlife refuge forces evacuations in Georgia

(Reuters) - A wildfire in Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has forced dozens of nearby residents to leave their homes, authorities said on Sunday, adding the blaze might not be fully contained for months.<p>About 130,000 acres (52,600 hectares), or almost a third of the refuge, have …

Massive wildfires cause 'greatest forest disaster' in Chile's history

Three firefighters have died battling some of the worst forest fires to hit Chile in half a century. A "state of catastrophe" has been declared in …

Chile

Amid wildfires, North Carolina getaway turns to ghost town

<b>By Jonathan Mattise and Tom Foreman Jr.,</b> <i>The Associated Press</i><p>LAKE LURE, N.C. — Don Cason had his 125-year-old inn in the western North Carolina …

Drought Fuels Tens of Thousands of Acres of Southern Wildfires

As drought-stressed forests burn across much of the South — including a blaze scorching a Manhattan-size area of north Georgia — some traditional outdoor activities are now banned.<p>Starting campfires, lighting fireworks, smoking cigarettes, even parking a car off-road are prohibited, for fear that …

Weather

California wildfires: What is a firenado?

<b>Amidst the devastation of a huge wildfire in the US state of California, photos have emerged of a rare force of nature.</b><p>Firenadoes, torrents of wind and flame that burn at extreme temperatures, have been spotted in the hills near San Bernardino, 60 miles (96km) east of Los Angeles.<p>The whirlwinds …

San Bernardino

Massive Blue Cut fire in Cajon Pass burns 37,000 acres, now 26% contained

The tally for California’s harsh fire season ascended to even grimmer terrain Saturday as officials announced that the Blue Cut fire in the Cajon Pass has destroyed 105 homes and 213 other structures.<p>The toll in San Bernardino County caps a week of extensive losses across California, including 300 …

Soberanes Fire near Big Sur grows to nearly 20,000 acres

A stubborn wildfire ablaze in the wooded canyons and ridges south of Carmel in Monterey County — one of several fires burning around the state — grew to 23,5000 acres late Tuesday and is only 10 percent contained, firefighters said.<p>The Soberanes Fire continued to scorch the steep and …

Santa Clarita Sand fire: Why are California wildfires getting worse?

Dry temperatures and a heat wave fanned the flames of wildfire in Santa Clarita Valley, Calif., consuming 5,500 acres in just a day.<p>Extremely dry …

California wildfires: Hundreds flee homes near Los Angeles

<b>Fast-moving wildfires have forced hundreds of people to leave their homes in mountains north of Los Angeles, California, the authorities say.</b><p>The fires had covered an area of 20,000 acres by Saturday evening, sending a pall of smoke south across parts of Los Angeles County.<p>About 300 people have been …

Huge swaths of Russia's forests are ablaze during what may be a record fire season

It is fire season in Siberia, which means vast tracts of boreal forests are ablaze. As occurred in 2015, smoke is turning skies a bright orange across eastern Russia, China and other downwind areas.<p>The past few years have seen huge conflagrations in this region, due to a combination of forest …

Global Warming

Vast Peat Fires Threaten Health and Boost Global Warming

<i>From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission.</i><p>June 28, 2016 — As forest fires devastated Fort McMurray, Alberta, last month, a …

What California Can Learn From How the South Manages Wildfires

As deadly wildfires blaze, experts are calling on the state to emulate the South’s long tradition of prescribed burning.<p>There are three things that give him joy in life, says Johnny Stowe: “Beer, my grandkids, and fire.”<p>Not a campsite fire, or a house fire, but fire that Stowe prescribes and …

Russian volunteers seek a foothold as wildfires rage in Siberia

ULAN-UDE, RUSSIA — Half a world away from the wildfires that have devastated the Southwestern United States this summer, Andrey Borodin was waging his own battle against the elements, directing a team of a dozen volunteers blasting water into the smoldering Siberian soil. The cloying stench of …

Siberia

Smoke towers over Los Angeles skyline as fresh wildfires erupt in California

Fresh wildfires erupted on Monday near Los Angeles and chased people from their suburban homes as an intense heatwave stretching from the West Coast to New Mexico blistered the region.<p>Towering columns of smoke rose from the San Gabriel Mountains as two fires a few miles apart devoured brush on …

Second firefighter dies tackling Cyprus forest fires

<b>A second firefighter has died in Cyprus from injuries sustained while trying to tackle one of the island's biggest forest fires in years.</b><p>Marios Aristotelous, 44, was in a vehicle which overturned, also earlier killing Andreas Sofocleous, 49.<p>Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his "great …

Forestry

Intense Heatwave Kills Four, Feeds Southwest Wildfires

Scalding heat killed at least four people this weekend in Arizona and was stoking at least five major wildfires across the desert Southwest, authorities said Sunday.<p>Excessive heat warnings blanketed Southern California and Arizona, where temperatures soared into the triple digits Sunday and were …

Weather

Trees of life: tiny beetles turn Californian forests into tinder for energy

Dry weather in California and growing fire risks are prompting a new effort to cull dead trees affected by bark beetles and use them to make electricity<p>California’s record four-year drought has primed its coastal forests for a bug invasion. Millions of native bark beetles, which thrive in warm …

Environment

The 2015 Indonesian Fires: Less Carbon Release Than Was Thought

Last fall, fires driven by extreme El Niño conditions swept through the peatlands of Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan province, with catastrophic …

Fires near Los Angeles displace 5,000 people - but not the Kardashians

Fires near Los Angeles pushed 5,000 people out of their homes this weekend from the affluent Calabasas area, a suburb home to many celebrities including members of the Kardashian family.<p>The wildfire that sparked Saturday afternoon has already seared through nearly 500 acres (200 hectares), and fire …

A Big LA Fire Isn't Worse Because People Are Finally Preparing for the Worst

It had all the elements of a catastrophe: a truck hit an electrical pole in the bone-dry canyons outside LA, exploding a transformer. Winds were …

Fort McMurray

As Alberta wildfire rages, thousands who fled must wait weeks to go home

The more than 88,000 Fort McMurray residents evacuated during the wildfire must wait until June to begin a phased re-entry plan, says Alberta premier<p>The wildfire in northern Alberta continues to rage out of control, growing to more than 423,000 hectares as officials said it would be at least …

Fort McMurray

Shift in Alberta wildfire prompts evacuation of oil sands work camps

About 4,000 people moved to safety, while key oil storage facility at Cheecham comes under threat from blaze that emptied city of Fort McMurray<p>A shift in the wildfire burning around the Canadian oil sands hub of Fort McMurray has put about 4,000 people in work camps on evacuation alert, including …

Fort McMurray

Canada wildfire advance 'slows' as evacuations finish

<b>A huge wildfire ravaging the Canadian province of Alberta has grown more slowly than feared, officials say.</b><p>Firefighters have held key areas and the blaze now covers about 621 sq miles (1,610 sq km) - less than the 700 sq miles estimated on Saturday.<p>But it could be months before the fire is fully …

Fort McMurray

Why Humans Keep Making Wildfires Worse

A few thoughts on the situation in Canada right now.<p>Fort McMurray was the capital of the Canadian tar sands boom, a small place in the environmental moonscape of the rising petro-state of Alberta. Unfortunately, oil prices have crashed and now Fort McMurray seems to be burning down. From <i>The</i> …

Canada wildfires: worst of blazes 'still to come' after Fort McMurray evacuated

More than 80,000 residents fled Alberta city on Tuesday, as dry, windy weather expected to fuel fire that destroyed 80% of homes in one neighborhood<p>Have you been affected by the Alberta wildfires? Share with us<p>After a raging wildfire destroyed dozens of homes, engulfed a neighbourhood in flames, …

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