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# wildfires - Friday 23 August, 2013

Yosemite fires cause tourists to flee national park Emergency This post contains images

Yosemite fires cause tourists to flee national park

A state of emergency has been declared in some parts of California.

# wildfires - Monday 29 July, 2013

Villages evacuated as wildfires rage on Greek islands Greece This post contains images

Villages evacuated as wildfires rage on Greek islands

The Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete and Serifos have all been affected by the outbreak of fires.

# wildfires - Saturday 6 July, 2013

Hotter planet will increase risk of wildfires

The nature of wildfires is changing – in the US, they eat through twice as many acres per year as they did 40 years ago.

# wildfires - Wednesday 9 January, 2013

PICS: Family jumps in sea to shelter from raging wildfires

The Holmes family had to shelter under a jetty to escape from the sweltering heat and flames, as wildfires raged around them.

Cooler weather aids Australia firefighters

Firefighters are taking advantage of cooler temperatures to quell bushfires across Australia, but warn of hotter weather will return this weekend.

# wildfires - Sunday 6 January, 2013

The Evening Fix... now with added Ireland seen from space

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

# wildfires - Friday 31 August, 2012

The Evening Fix: Friday Need To Know This post contains videos This post contains images

The Evening Fix: Friday

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

# wildfires - Wednesday 15 August, 2012

California wildfires force hundreds of evacuations

At least four buildings were destroyed and several people were hurt by wildfires raging across southern California today.

# wildfires - Monday 13 August, 2012

Firefighter killed as Spain battles deadly wildfires Wildfires This post contains images

Firefighter killed as Spain battles deadly wildfires

One person has been killed and three others injured in forest fires raging across Spain.

# wildfires - Monday 23 July, 2012

Three killed, 100 injured by Spanish wildfires

Catalan firefighters have described the situation as “very serious”.

# wildfires - Friday 29 June, 2012

Houses reduced to ash in Colorado after fierce wildfires USA This post contains images

Houses reduced to ash in Colorado after fierce wildfires

At least 346 homes were destroyed in this week’s blaze.

# wildfires - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Dramatic photos of canyon wildfires as Colorado residents flee flames Wildfires This post contains images

Dramatic photos of canyon wildfires as Colorado residents flee flames

Thousands of residents have been forced from their homes as Waldo Canyon fire grows.

# wildfires - Monday 25 June, 2012

Thousands evacuated and 250 homes lost in Colorado wildfire (pics) Colorado This post contains images

Thousands evacuated and 250 homes lost in Colorado wildfire (pics)

Eight fires are now burning in Colorado as residents and tourists flee their homes.

# wildfires - Sunday 24 June, 2012

Utah governor issues firearms appeal over fires

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes on Friday due to blaze officials say was accidentally sparked by target shooters.

# wildfires - Wednesday 28 December, 2011

In pictures: the natural disasters of 2011 Review 2011 This post contains images

In pictures: the natural disasters of 2011

Last year saw a number of major natural disasters strike, including earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand and Turkey, volcanic eruptions in Chile and Iceland, and severe tropical storms in Asia.

# wildfires - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Thousands evacuated as Texan fire destroys almost 500 homes Wildfires This post contains images

Thousands evacuated as Texan fire destroys almost 500 homes

In photos: Wildfires fanned by strong winds continue to rage across some 25,000 acres, destroying land and homes in Texas.

# wildfires - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

Wildfires strike Texas and Oklahoma

The fires occurred following dry weather and high temperatures and led to evacuations from homes.

# wildfires - Friday 1 July, 2011

The week in photos Week In Photos This post contains images

The week in photos

This is the week that was, in pictures.

# wildfires - Saturday 11 June, 2011

Video, Photos: Arizona wildfires spreading towards New Mexico border US This post contains videos This post contains images

Video, Photos: Arizona wildfires spreading towards New Mexico border

US officials are warning of a “serious potential health problem” due to high levels of smoke and soot in the air.

# wildfires - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

Wildfires rage across eastern Russia

So far, 421 wildfires have been reported in eastern Russia over the past 24-hours – sparking fears of a repeat of last summer’s fires which killed dozens of people.

# wildfires - Tuesday 3 May, 2011

Chief fire officers say geographical spread of wildfires were ‘unprecedented’ Fires This post contains images

Chief fire officers say geographical spread of wildfires were ‘unprecedented’

Rain forecast for some afflicted areas in next 48 hours may help in battle as Clare Chief Fire Officer condemns those who set blazes deliberately.

# wildfires - Wednesday 20 April, 2011

In photos: Wildfires continue to rage in Texas Texas This post contains images

In photos: Wildfires continue to rage in Texas

Around 150 homes and 150,000 acres destroyed by blaze which continues to burn in the north of the Lone Star State.

# wildfires - Tuesday 19 April, 2011

Homeless man charged with arson as crews battle fierce wildfires in Texas

The fires cover an area twice the size of the original estimate. A homeless man has been charged with arson after leaving a campfire unattended.

# wildfires - Monday 7 February, 2011

In photos: Australia's summer of disasters Australia This post contains images

In photos: Australia's summer of disasters

Australia has been struck by tropical storms, heavy flooding and bushfires over the past two months.

# wildfires - Friday 3 September, 2010

6 killed in return of Russian wildfires

Putin decides to extend grain export ban by several months.

# wildfires - Friday 13 August, 2010

FIREFIGHTERS IN PORTUGAL are battling to control wildfires which are spreading across the north of the country. Fire has also struck at the national park in the centre of Portugal. Weeks of dry weather has left forests vulnerable to flames and Portuguese authorities said over 600 firefighters are tackling 29 wildfires. Twelve people have been arrested by police investigating the cause of the fires.

# wildfires - Monday 9 August, 2010

THE DENSE SMOG covering Moscow is being blamed for raising the level of fatalities from the Russian wildfires, according to Aljazeera. The death rate in the city has doubled since the smoke covered the city as peat fires on the outskirts of the capital continue to burn.

The country is going through its longest heat wave for at least 1,000 years, according to the Russian Meteorological Centre.

Russia’s department of health blamed the heat and increased pollution for the rise in deaths. Carbon monoxide levels in Moscow have been recorded today at 2.2 times higher than acceptable levels, dropping slightly from the three times level recorded yesterday.

A slideshow of the smog-filled streets of Moscow can be seen here.

Authorities in Moscow have opened ‘anti-smog’ centres which contain air-conditioned rooms where city residents can escape the heat and the polluted air.

Tourists visiting the city have donned face masks to protect themselves from the smoky air. The Moscow Times reports that Russia’s top public doctor has appealed to visitors not to be put off because of the smog, saying that only Moscow is afflicted.

Russian state media reports today that China has offered aid to Russians affected by the fires, which were caused by the extreme heat affecting the country for the past two months. Over 50 people have been killed by the fires in the past fortnight, and another 3,500 were forced to evacuate their homes.

The heatwave, which has set record temperatures in Moscow, is forecast to continue for at least another week.

This footage shows firefighters battling the flames:

# wildfires - Friday 6 August, 2010

RUSSIAN HEALTH OFFICIALS have warned people in Moscow to stay indoors to avoid the severe smog surrounding the city. People have also been advised to avoid physical exertion. Five hundred and sixty fires continue to burn across Russia, with 27 burning in the Moscow region.

WILDFIRES WHICH continue to blaze across Russia have covered Moscow in a thick smog. Citizens have been advised to wear face masks for protection against the thick smoke, but continue to go to work and travel around the city.

Moscow’s three main airports have re-directed some flights because of the smog.

The fires, which have killed 52 people so far, caused concern for the stability of nuclear and military material stored in the afflicted provinces. According to Russia’s Ria Novosti, the threat of a nuclear explosion has been averted by moving the material to a safer location.

# wildfires - Thursday 5 August, 2010

TEMPERATURES IN Russia are set to top a scorching 40C in the next few days, dashing any hope of respite from the wildfires raging across the country.

Fires are spreading quickly as rising temperatures keep woodlands and forest areas dry. Over 17 regions east and north of Moscow have been affected by the fires, many of which have been described by the authorities as “uncontrollable”.

Watch a report from Russia Today:

The fires are raging so violently that the even sun has been blocked by rising clouds of smog across the sky.

At least 50 people have now died and over 2,000 homes have been destroyed since the fires began last month. Emergency services have been pushed to their limits, and the government has been forced to recruit volunteers to help battle the flames.

See scenes of firefighters attempting to quell the flames:

The emergency services’ response to the disaster has been poorly received by president Dmitry Medvedev, who has sacked several of his top ranking military officials after the fires destroyed a naval base just outside Moscow.

Meanwhile, concerns are growing about the possibility of the flames reaching a nuclear research facility in the central Russian city of Sarov. Over 3,000 emergency services personnel have been sent to the city, 400 kilometres east of Moscow, in the hope of protecting the site.

See some of the images from across Russia over the past few days:

# wildfires - Wednesday 4 August, 2010

AS THE WILDFIRES which have killed 48 people and wiped out forests, villages and a military base continued to rage across Russia today, the ten million residents of Moscow were left to suffocate on a thick, black smog.

The smoke – which was blown in from burning peat bogs outside the city by a strong wind – descended from the early morning, stinging the eyes of commuters, and leaving public health officials to warn of the hazards of breathing in carbon monoxide. People were urged to wear face masks if they ventured outside.

Some 400km to the east of the capital, firefighters have turned to the help of robots in the struggle to contain the flames surrounding a top-secret nuclear facility in Sarov.

President Dmitry Medvedev has already fired several high-ranking military officials – including the chief of Russia’s naval aviation – over what he called criminal negligence in allowing fires to ravage a military base. Some reports say up to 200 naval aircraft have been destroyed.

Over the last 24 hours, firefighters have extinguished 293 fires, but another 403 have been spotted – while more than 500 continued to rage over large swathes of countryside.

Temperatures in Moscow and to the south and east are forecast to reach 38 degrees in the coming days.

# wildfires - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

AT LEAST 40 people have died in the wildfires raging across Russia

Flames have been spreading uncontrollably following a sweltering heatwave, which began last month and still shows no signs of letting up.

According to weather reports, temperatures in Moscow are due to hit 38C this week.

The authorities have admitted that they have lost control over some of the fires that are raging across parched regions east and south of Moscow.

Seven provinces are under a state of emergency, and tens of thousands of volunteers have been recruited to assist the 10,000 firefighters and thousands of troops already battling the flames.

The fires are spreading at a lightening speed, making them almost impossible to fight.

The video below allegedly shows a group of volunteers trying to drive back through the road they had taken just half an hour before; completely surrounded by furious orange flames, the men in the car begin to panic, screaming at other drivers to move.

One describes the experience as “like being in hell.”