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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Wildfires

30th May 2023
# park it
National Parks and Wildlife Service urges against barbecues and fires in public places
The appeal comes after a nature reserve in Wexford saw three separate fires in 24 hours.
This week
28th May 2023 - 31st May 2023
# Wildfires
EU doubles firefighting aircraft fleet ahead of hot and dry summer
The aircraft are stationed in 10 member states while over 400 firefighters will be pre-positioned in Greece, France and Portugal.
Last 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?
This year
# Climate Change
Spain hit by unusually early heatwave as record-breaking temperatures expected
Experts have warned of the high risk of wildfires and farmers have said the heatwave is killing their crops.
Last year
# Wildfires
Wildfires in western US grow in size amid hot and windy conditions
A fire in California burned down at least a dozen homes and wildlife was seen fleeing the area to avoid the flames.
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.
# Greece
Greek firefighters continue to battle major wildfires amid heatwave
Temperatures were set to rise to 42 degrees Celsius in some regions.
# Wildfires
Emergency declared over massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park in US
It exploded in size into one of California’s largest wildfires of the year.
# Wildfires
Hotels and homes evacuated as Greece battles four major wildfires
More than 450 people were evacuated at the Vatera holiday resort on Lesbos.
# Wildfires
Emergency action planned to save giant sequoia trees from wildfires
The world’s largest trees are facing an increased risk of fire.
# Wildfires
France and Spain fight spreading wildfires as heatwave fries Europe
Towns are being evacuated in south-western France as thousands of firefighters tackle the flames.
# Wildfires
Forest fires rage in scorching southwest Europe
Fire season has hit parts of Europe earlier than usual this year.
# Wildfires
Firefighters battle wildfires as Europe is hit by heatwave
The worst damage was in Spain’s Zamora province, but three villages in Germany had to be evacuated because of an approaching blaze.
# Wildfires
Wildfires force hundreds to evacuate in Arizona and California
The number of square miles burned so far this year is more than double the 10-year national average.
# US
‘Unprecedented’ weather expected to fuel wildfires in New Mexico
Many families have already been left homeless and thousands of residents have been evacuated due to the flames.
# us wildfires
Firefighters battling New Mexico blaze brace for windy conditions
Fire managers have warned of windy conditions expected in the coming days. Officials urged residents to remain vigilant for further possible evacuation orders.
California utility to pay €50 million over massive wildfires
Pacific Gas & Electric has been blamed for more than 30 wildfires since 2017 that killed more than 100 people.
# illegal wildfires
'Man-made fire is now a permanent feature of our year': Minister condemns 300-hectare fire in Wicklow
The heritage minister has called those that deliberately start wildfires “a scourge on society”.
All time
# California
Dry lightning and winds in California unleashes risk of new wildfires
A warning for dangerous fire weather took effect in much of fire-scarred Northern California.
# Wildfires
Fire crews continue efforts to subdue wildfire near French Riviera
The blaze has killed two people and injured 26.
# Extreme Weather
Greek megafires highlight failure to prepare, experts say
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described the blazes as an “ecological disaster”.
# Fire
Thousands evacuated as crews battle wildfire in southern France
France is the latest of a number of Mediterranean countries to be hit by extreme weather and wildfires.
# Athens
Firefighters grapple with more wildfires near Greece’s capital
A number of villages near Athens have been evacuated.
# Siberia
Russia extends state of emergency over wildfires in Siberia
Emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev declared the state of emergency for Sakha-Yakutia.
# Greece
New blaze breaks out on Greek island of Evia ravaged by wildfires
Four water-dropping aircraft and six helicopters have been sent to control the new fire.
# Greece
Almost 100,000 hectares of forest burned in Greece in less than two weeks
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mistotakis described the 586 fires as “a natural disaster of exceptional magnitude”.
# dixie fire
Deadly California wildfire 'could take two weeks to extinguish'
The Dixie Fire now covers an area larger than Los Angeles.
# yakutia
Russia evacuates two villages in Siberia because of wildfires
A dozen villages were threatened by blazes in the vast area.
# burning
Reinforcements called in as Greece continues to battle huge wildfires
One volunteer firefighter died after suffering a head injury from a falling electricity pole.
# heat wave
Firefighter dies as Greece continues to deal with widespread blazes
Thousands of residents and vacationers have fled approaching flames by land and by sea.
# dixie fire
Thousands evacuate fast-moving California wildfire
The Dixie Fire is already the sixth biggest in the state’s history,.
# Wildfires
Fires rage across southern Europe, forcing hundreds to evacuate
This year’s fire season has been significantly more destructive than previously, according to EU data.
# Turkey
Turkey evacuates panicked tourists by boat from wildfires
Fires across Turkey since Wednesday have burned down forests, encroaching on villages and tourist destinations.
# dixie fire
California homes destroyed as wildfires merge to pose new threat
Fire officials said the blaze had charred nearly 298 square miles acres of timber and brush in Plumas and Butte counties.
# Wildfires
'The situation has vastly improved': Gorse fires on Howth Head now contained
The fires have burned an area of approximately 65 acres since last month.
# Wildfires
California wildfires prompt evacuations as crews continue to battle mammoth blaze
Fire officials expect active or extreme fire behaviour tomorrow.
# California
Firefighters work in searing heat as they struggle to contain biggest California wildfire of year
Elsewhere, power supplies were affected after another huge fire in Oregon.
# Canada
700 feared dead in Canada as national temperature record of 49.6 degrees is reached
Most of the wildfires were caused by lightning strikes.
# Kerry
Farmers' association says anyone responsible for Killarney fires should 'face full rigours of the law'
Fires engulfed Killarney National Park over the weekend.
Opinion: As half Killarney National Park is lost, we must end the cycle of infernos
Pádraic Fogarty of the Irish Wildlife Trust says Government policy, particularly around the burning of land for agriculture must be overhauled.