Wildfires 2019

It is an unprecedented bushfire event New South Wales has ever seen with more than 80 fire fronts with 36 of them burning out of control. People are trapped in their homes, two people are known to be dead, however, many homes have burnt down with firefighters not able to reach so the death total is expected to rise significantly.
According to Reuters, two people have died, five are missing and at least 150 homes have been destroyed as bushfires rage across eastern Australia, authorities said on Saturday. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) confirmed two people had been killed by a fire near Glen Innes, more than 550 km (340 miles) north of Sydney. One body was discovered in a vehicle and a woman died after being found suffering from burns on Friday.

As California's biggest wildfire this year is extinguished New South Wales, Australia is reeling after an"unprecedented" number of wildfires hit New South Wales
According to authorities, an "unprecedented" (90) number of emergency-level wildfires are streaking across New South Wales, in drought-affected areas aided by gusty winds and 35 deg C (95 deg F) heat. There are reports of people trapped in their homes in several places, with the fire crew unable to reach them due to the strength of the fires. "We are in uncharted territory," said Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, with at least 17 blazes at the highest threat level. "We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level." Authorities warned some people to seek shelter from fires rather than flee, as it was now "too late to leave".

Trump once again blames wildfires on California's Governor Gavin Newsom but is the real culprit a small beetle which is decimating trees around the world?
Extensive mountain pine beetle infestation and mortality of lodgepole pine in northern Colorado along the Continental Divide - (seen from the summit of Cascade Mountain in 2011) Credit Wikipedia
As firefighters finally gain an edge on the Californian wildfires, US President Donald Trump has blamed California's Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, for the fires, saying he had done a "terrible job of forest management" and has threatened to cut federal funding for the wildfires sweeping California.

The latest major disaster is ongoing in parts of WSW Syria and N & W Lebanon as numerous destructive wildfires have erupted during the past 24 hours, Severe Weather Europe reports. The massive fires swept through the forests around the towns of Mechref to Kfar Matta and Daqoun in the Chouf district, Lebanon. Additional fires have been reported the Syrian coast of Tartous and Lattakia. Widespread wildfires have erupted after an extreme fire danger has developed in a short, but severe heatwave spreading extremely hot and dry winds from Saudi Arabia across the Middle East.

Here come the fires! 100,000 people in over 20,000 homes were ordered to evacuate: Porter Ranch area the backdrop for the 1982 movie "E.T." also evacuated
A wildfire raged out of control along the northern edge of Los Angeles Friday, prompting authorities to order tens of thousands of people from their homes as firefighters battled flames from the air and on the ground. Police Chief Michel Moore said about 100,000 people in over 20,000 homes were ordered to evacuate. Two recreational facilities are reportedly already filled to capacity. The Los Angeles Fire Department said Friday that the Saddle Ridge Fire had grown to more than 7,500 acres and was 13% contained. Approximately 4,700 acres have been consumed by the flames, leading to at least 31 structures being destroyed. One person died from cardiac arrest. A firefighter also suffered a minor eye injury. Death was confirmed at an earlier wildfire east of Los Angeles.

Indonesians suffering respiratory problems from wildfires reaches almost 1 million with Malaysia Singapore Thailand and the Philippines affected too
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The number of Indonesians suffering respiratory problems caused by smoke from forest and peatland fires blanketing parts of Borneo and Sumatra in the past few months has nearly reached 900,000, according to the authorities. Data released late Friday by the Crisis Mitigation Centre of the Ministry of Health showed that a total of 885,026 people have been suffering from acute respiratory infections. Of the total, 291,807 cases were recorded in South Sumatra province and 268,591 cases in Riau province, both in Sumatra, followed by West Kalimantan province on Borneo with 163,662 cases. 

Scientists worried a tipping point breached where the Amazon will no longer be able to soak and store up Carbon: The Amazon absorbs carbon dioxide and puts oxygen back into the air
The Amazon absorbs a huge amount of carbon dioxide and puts oxygen back into the air, which in turn helps slow global warming. The Amazon also generates heavy amounts of rainfall for agriculture across South America and is home to millions of plants, animals and people.
When forests burn, Carbon is released in the form of C02, which add to Carbon levels in the atmosphere. Scientists are now worried we could reach a tipping point where the Amazon will no longer be able to soak and store up so much Carbon meaning that will go into the atmosphere, which would be yet another disaster for climate change and our already struggling planet.
Six states in Brazil’s Amazon region requested military help on Saturday to combat record fires that are tearing through the rainforest, provoking an international outcry because of the Amazon’s central role in combating global warming.

Global worry as wildfires escalates across the lungs of the world: Thousands of wildfires are ravaging the Amazon rain forest along with Indonesia and Siberia
As thousands of wildfires are ravaging the Amazon rain forest, the global concern is rising as the lungs of our world, which produce almost a quarter of the planet's oxygen has caused the French President Emmanuel Macron to claim the wildfires are an international crisis.
The U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres tweeted: “In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity. Amazon must be protected.”

Wildfires in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest hit record number of 72,843 fires, an increase of 83% compared to 2018 - the highest since records began
Wildfires in the Amazon rainforest have hit a record number this year, according to research carried out by Brazil's space research centre (INPE). It cites 72,843 fires, marking an increase of 83% compared to 2018 - the highest since records began in 2013. Since Thursday, INPE said satellite images spotted 9,507 new forest fires in the country, mostly in the Amazon basin, home to the world's largest tropical forest, which is seen as vital to countering global warming. Images show the northernmost state of Roraima covered in dark smoke. In Sao Paulo on Monday, the smoke caused a blackout in the city which lasted about an hour. 

A total of 56 wildfires burning out of control in parts of Greece as smoke from the Evia fire covers Athens and strong winds fan the flames
More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens causing four villages and a monastery to be evacuated. The country's civil protection authority declared a state of emergency in the area of Evia affected by the fire, where about 280 firefighters, volunteers, soldiers, six water-dropping planes and six helicopters were deployed, along with one more helicopter coordinating the air support. Greece called on the European civil protection organization for assistance, and four firefighting planes were being sent from Croatia and Italy, said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who cut short his summer vacation and returned to the Greek capital to visit the fire department's main coordination centre.

Heatwaves and droughts are causing horrific wildfires around the world in 2019 as drought-stricken Peru becomes the latest country to suffer
Peru is the latest country to suffer horrendous wildfires after more than 22,000 hectares (54,363 acres) of forest, protected areas and farmland in drought-stricken parts have been destroyed.

A spate of wildfires in the past month around the planet has worried the authorities, especially a 4.3 million hectare fire in Siberia where an area larger than Denmark is ablaze.
Since the beginning of the year, a total of 13.1 million hectares has burned in Russia's Siberian forests, known as the ‘lungs of Europe’.
The Siberian fires are emitting more than 166 Mt CO2 - nearly as much as 36 million cars emit per year.

A climate catastrophe that can not be stopped by human means! Russian fires now bigger than Denmark: 13 million hectares gone
A Greenpeace Russia team is documenting wildfires in the taiga forest, in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia.
Despite statements by Russian authorities, the intensity of forest fires in Siberia is, rather dramatically increasing.
The 4.3 million hectare fire - an area now larger than Denmark - is contributing significantly to climate change.
Since the beginning of the year, a total of 13.1 million hectares has burned.
Fires have been raging every year, but this summer's blazes have reached unprecedented size and strength.
The Siberian fires are emitting more than 166 Mt CO2 - nearly as much as 36 million cars emit per year.

"It has transformed into an ecological disaster!" Wildfire smoke travelling east from Siberia has reached Alaska, the west coast of Canada, and Seattle
Wildfire smoke travelling east from Siberia had reached Alaska, the west coast of Canada, and Seattle by July 31, 2019, according to an aerosol index from the Suomi-NPP satellite’s Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) instrument.
The smoke comes from massive forest fires burning across six Russian regions. The country's Federal Forestry Agency on July 29 said more than 10,000 square miles had burned, “an area roughly equal to the size of Crimea,” according to The Moscow Times.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has offered Russia help to battle wildfires that have swept across Siberia, the Kremlin said. Russian President Vladimir Putin declined the offer but called it a step towards improving rocky relations.

Russia has declared a state of emergency in two regions of Siberia as wildfires engulf an area the size of Belgium.
Russia has declared a state of emergency in two regions of Siberia as wildfires rage across 12,000 square miles of countryside.
Terrified residents in the Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions called on the state to act as flames engulfed an area the size of Belgium.
There are few inhabited zones in the path of the inferno but smoke has blanketed major cities in Siberia and the Far East, making it hard to breathe and posing health risks for the population.
Over 720,000 people have signed a petition on Change.Org calling for a state of emergency to be declared across the whole of Siberia in order to draw more forces and state funding to battle the wildfires that have erupted in the past month.

The sweltering Arctic is ablaze as unprecedented wildfires are ravaging the Arctic: Areas of Siberia, Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland engulfed in flames
The sweltering Arctic is ablaze, wildfires are ravaging the Arctic, with areas of northern Siberia, northern Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland engulfed in flames.
Vast areas of Alaska Greenland and Siberia are literally on fire with Alaska alone burning 1.6 billion acres this year.

Alaska has been suffering a heatwave for weeks with temperatures reaching 92 deg F, (33.5 deg C).
In Siberia, massive fires in remote areas are burning out of control.
Lightning frequently triggers fires in the region but this year they have been worsened by summer temperatures that are higher than average because of climate change.

The massive wildfires in Portugal over the weekend were started deliberately in what some governments are calling the new weapon of terror
More than 1,000 firefighters are tackling wildfires spreading in east Portugal, which have injured 30 people.
Homeowners tried to protect their properties from the huge fires with buckets of water and hosepipes as strong winds fanned the winds on Sunday.
Portugal's Civil Protection Authority said more than 1,150 firefighters were working to contain the blazes, which broke out on Saturday across three fronts in the district of Castelo Branco, 124 miles (200km) northeast of the capital Lisbon.
Authorities said one injured civilian was taken to hospital and is in a serious condition after suffering first and second-degree burns.

Hell on Earth: And now the wildfires rage out of control after Continental Europe rocked by record 45.9 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit)
Hundreds of firefighters battled on Saturday to contain wildfires in southern France as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least three people in Italy.
In the Gard region, where France's highest temperature on record was registered on Friday at 45.9 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit), scores of fires burned some 600 hectares (about 1,500 acres) of land and destroyed several houses and vehicles, emergency services said.
More than 700 firefighters and 10 aircraft were mobilized to tackle the fires in the Gard, some of which caused sections of motorways to be temporarily closed.
Several firefighters were hurt but no serious injuries were reported.

European forecasters warn that "hell is coming," huge forest fire breaks out in Spain as temperatures set to hit 45 deg C (113 deg F)
A huge forest fire has broken out in Spain as a deadly heatwave affecting much of Europe continues to intensify.
Temperatures across the continent are expected to continue to soar further still on Thursday, the result of an "enormous" reservoir of warm air drawn from northern Africa, dubbed a Saharan Bubble. Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic have already recorded their highest ever June temperatures this week, while France, Switzerland, and Belgium could now follow.
It comes as hundreds of firefighters and soldiers battled a dramatic forest fire in north-east Spain which raged into Wednesday night.

Mexico on fire! Hundreds of wildfires surrounding the outskirts of Mexico City causing a chronic air quality problem for residents
Photo Time.com
The imminent impact on the health of Mexicans continues to increase as a result of the wildfires roaring out of control in and around the country's capital over the past four days.
The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis reported that the level of Extraordinary Atmospheric Environmental Contingency is being maintained due to dangerously high levels of ash particles and ozone in the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico.
"The Government of Mexico continues the fight against fires.

Its the headline of 2019: "Record" high temperatures causing massive forest fires in Chile as government declares a 'state of catastrophe'
Chile on Tuesday declared a 'state of catastrophe' in three regions ravaged by forest fires that have killed two people and razed 10,000 hectares of land.
Declaring catastrophe in parts of Biobio, La Araucania and Los Rios paves the way for the armed forces to take part in the efforts to battle the blazes, said acting Interior Minister Rodrigo Ubilla.
He told reporters that the fires have "increased significantly," prompting officials to take more drastic measures.
"High temperatures, strong winds and low humidity have been factors" in sparking and spreading the fires, said Ubilla.

Temperatures on a 20 year high in parts of Australia thousands of residents come under attack from an out-of-control bushfire that is thought to have been deliberately lit
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As deadly temperatures so high petrol pumps have seized up and the mercury hitting 49.3 Celsius (120.74 F) in parts of Australia, forty firefighters have come under attack from an out-of-control bushfire that is suspected to have been deliberately lit in central Gippsland.
Thousands of residents in 14 towns are on high alert as hundreds of firefighters and aircraft continue to battle the blaze, which spread from 600 hectares on Friday to 10,000 hectares overnight as strong winds swept in from the south-west with the evening's cool change.