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Sunday 3 December 2023 Dublin: 1°C

# Wildfires

This year
Hundreds of people remain missing after Maui wildfires
Governor Josh Green had earlier said he expected the number would fall below 100.
Greek Wildfires: Experts blame poor government planning for devastation
While the Greek government have focused on climate change to explain recent fires, experts in the country say there is more to the story
Greece reinforces firefighters as massive wildfire shows no sign of abating
The blaze near the Turkish border has destroyed vast tracts of forest and triggered the evacuation of thousands of people.
Lasers, ‘magic trees’ and Simpsons predictions: False claims about Maui wildfires spread online
Debunked theories suggest that weapons were fired from space to create “15-minute smart cities”.
Greek police arrest 140 on suspicion of arson as firefighters struggle to contain blazes
In the last two days, 19 people believed to be migrants – including two children – have been killed in forest blazes.
At least 1,100 people missing and 115 dead after Hawaii fires
Authorities have been collecting DNA samples from the families of the missing who are unable to travel to Maui.
Athens district evacuated as Greek fire death toll hits 20
The bodies of 18 people were discovered near the border with Turkey.
Tens of thousands ordered to evacuate as Canadian firefighters continue to battle wildfires
Hundreds of fires continued to rage across British Columbia and 35,000 people were under evacuation orders as of yesterday.
Man dies in wildfire raging north of Athens, as firefighters battle fresh blazes across Greece
Civil protection authorities warned of an “extreme” fire risk in the region around Athens and other parts of southern Greece.
Cooler weather overnight helps effort to battle Tenerife wildfire
More than 12,000 people have been evacuated from their houses since the fire started on Tuesday.
'Rapidly evolving' wildfires in western Canada force tens of thousands to flee
Around 30,000 people are under evacuation orders while another 36,000 are under alert to be ready to flee.
Thousands more evacuated as Tenerife wildfire rages
Firefighters have been unable to establish a perimeter around the blaze that has consumed at least 12,355 acres.
Residents in Canada's far north speed up evacuations as fire bears down on remote city
The nearest evacuation center to Yellowknife is 700 miles away, in Alberta, where several sites have been set up.
Firefighters in Tenerife battle through the night to halt worst wildfire in decades
Canary Islands regional President Fernando Clavijo said today’s efforts would be crucial to containing the fire.
Thousands ordered to evacuate Canadian far north city as wildfires advance
As of early today, more than 1,000 wildfires were burning, including about 230 in the Northwest Territories.
Thousands of people evacuated as out-of-control wildfire scorches Tenerife
Some 250 firefighters and members of the Spanish army are tackling the blaze.
Firefighters battle 'out of control' Tenerife wildfire that has burned through 5,500 acres
Five villages have been evacuated as firefighters have rushed to try and get the fire under control.
Recovery crews likely to find 10 to 20 more victims per day from Hawaii wildfire, governor says
At least 96 people are confirmed to have died on the island of Maui.
At least 36 people killed as wildfires rip through town of Lahaina in Hawaii
The Coast Guard said it rescued 14 people who jumped into the water to escape flames and smoke.
Over 1,000 evacuated as wildfires burn in Portugal
The temperature rose to a record 46.4 degrees Celsius in Santarem, central Portugal, yesterday.
130 people evacuated as wildfire spreads on Spain-France border
Local people were evacuated overnight from several villages as a precaution.
Fire service says Greece wildfires mostly under control, but strong winds still a threat
More than 460 firefighters are still deployed in Rhodes, Corfu and central Greece as a precaution.
Wildfires reach outskirts of Athens as strong gusts of wind cause flare-ups around Greece
Firefighters also battled flames on Rhodes for a 10th successive day.
Taoiseach calls on airlines to be generous with wildfire-related compensation
Around 2,000 Irish holiday makers could be on the Greek islands of Corfu and Rhodes.
Two killed after plane crashes while battling wildfires on Greek island of Evia
A man was found burnt to death in a separate incident today.
Nearly 2,500 people evacuated from Corfu as prime minister warns Greece 'at war' with wildfires
Tens of thousands of people have already fled blazes on the island of Rhodes.
Fires were also burning on Greece's second largest island of Evia yesterday.
Travel giant TUI yesterday said it was suspending holiday packages to Rhodes until Friday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising against travel to the affected areas.
Two killed after plane crashes while battling wildfires on Greek island of Evia
Irish citizens warned to 'stay away' from areas struck by Rhodes wildfires as 30k people evacuated
Irish citizens warned to 'stay away' from areas struck by Rhodes wildfires as 30k people evacuated
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it has been contacted by ‘a number of Irish citizens’ impacted by the fires.
The Department is advising Irish citizens to be alert and stay away from the affected areas.
High winds forecast for today are expected to hamper firefighters' battle to contain the blaze.
Police in the country have said it is the "biggest fire evacuation ever in Greece".
Firefighters across Europe rush to Greece as gruelling Mediterranean heatwave takes toll
New evacuations were ordered today as wildfires raged near the Greek capital.
Analysis: The Canadian wildfires are a wakeup call for Ireland on our climate commitments
Seána Glennon writes from Toronto about the devastating wildfires and their impact on health, climate and policy.
US cities still shrouded in toxic haze as reinforcements reach Canada wildfires
Flights across the US were delayed while residents in Washington have been advised to use high-caliber masks.
Smog from Canada wildfires blankets New York as air quality alerts triggered for 100 million
At one point yesterday evening, New York had the worst air quality of any major city in the world.
Defence Forces available 'at all times' to respond to wildfires as warning issued
The Department of Agriculture issued an orange level forest fire warning due to continued high-pressure dominated weather patterns.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
Greek firefighters continue to battle major wildfires amid heatwave
Temperatures were set to rise to 42 degrees Celsius in some regions.
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.