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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Forest fires

This month
May 2023
# Podcast
The Explainer: How does Ireland and the EU fight wildfires?
Marcin Pater, an emergency response officer at DG ECHO’s Emergency Response Coordinate Centre, and Pádraic Fogarty, campaigns officer with the Irish Wildlife Trust explore the issue of wildfires from both an Irish and European perspective. What is being done to help country’s battle these fires, and what type of impact have we seen on the ground in Ireland?
Last year
# european heatwave
Spain wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate as land destroyed
The fire was raging in the Aragon region where around 300 firefighters are trying to contain the blaze.
Fire chief: Last week we witnessed the arrival of climate change in Britain
Dave Walton of Yorkshire Fire and Rescue describes the extreme conditions they faced last week and warns that it’s just the beginning.
# Forest fires
Pilot killed after firefighting plane crashes in Portugal
A heatwave has left much of southwestern Europe sweltering over the past week.
# Portugal
Portugal battles forest fires amid heatwave
The fires have been burning in several areas since Thursday, destroying at least two homes.
All time
# California
California forest fires threaten world’s largest trees
Groves of gigantic sequoias could be in the path of the wildfires.
# Ukraine
Fires put out in Chernobyl exclusion zone
Hundreds of firefighters have been battling several forest fires around Chernobyl for the past 10 days.
# Forest fires
UN calls for protection of Amazon as Bolsonaro claims 'environmental psychosis' hampers Brazil
Official figures show nearly 73,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year.
# Amazon Rainforest
Record number of Amazon wildfires lit on purpose, claims president of Brazil
Nearly 73,000 forest fires have been reported in the country so far this year.
# Forest fires
Europe heatwave: 'Extreme risk' Spanish wildfires could spread after 13,500 acres destroyed
The forest fire is spreading through Catalonia.
# Wildfires
'We are winning the fight': Fires that forced mass evacuations in France almost under control
“In such dry conditions, we really fear that fires could start again,” one firefighter said.
# Forest fires
Prime Minister demands 'immediate answers' as forest fires continue to rage in Portugal
Earlier reports had suggested a plane had crashed while attempting to battle the blazes.
# Forest fires
'Clough would be the only person who could chop Martin O'Neill down to size'
The current Republic of Ireland boss struggled under the iconic figure’s management style while at Nottingham Forest.
# Smokey The Bear
If you're out walking this spring, don't start forest fires
Only who can stop them?
# holiday-makers
Forest fires on holiday island of Majorca forces people to flee
Around 200 people have fled from the fires with emergency services still grappling to control the fire from spreading.
# Fire Warning
Minister warns of risk of more land and forest fires
High to extreme risk conditions for fire will persist until the coming weekend at least, according to Met Éireann’s fire weather index.
# Forest fires
Air Corps helicopter fights Donegal forest fire
The Air Corps AW 139 helicopter has so far been successful in containing the spread of the fires near Glengesh in south Donegal.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Saturday
In your Fix this evening: The palace is looking forward to the Queen’s visit but Sinn Féin most definitely is not; the woman who was decapitated in Tenerife yesterday is named; Haiti’s new president takes office; Dylan gets defensive; and Jedward goes global.
# Fires
Total cost of forest and gorse fires set to rise above €7 million
The fires which hit various parts of the country earlier this month did €5 million worth of damage to State owned forests with a further €2.4 million worth of damage inflicted on privately owned forests.
# Fire damage
Fires cause €5 million worth of damage with 985 hectares of land destroyed
Coillte estimates that it will take this much to cover the extra expense from fire fighting, replacement of trees lost and forgone revenue from timber.
# Fires
Fires destroyed 780 hectares of forestry last year in Ireland
Around €3.5m worth of damage caused by blazes – some deliberately set – on lands and in wooded areas.
# Israel
Israel close to tackling forest fires, say firefighters
Israel’s prime minister is refusing any further foreign firefighting assistance as blaze being brought under control.
# Israel
UN pledges support for Israeli firefighting effort
Over 40 people have been killed and 13,000 evacuated as fires continue to rage in the north of Israel.
# Israel
Thank you: Turkey's aid to Israeli wildfire crisis breaks diplomatic stalemate
Israeli and Turkish prime ministers have their first phone conversation since 2009 in wake of fires which have killed 42 people.