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Wildfires 2019



Thousands of people who are trapped on the beach of a Victorian coastal holiday town are being told to go into the water as a devastating bushfire closes in. Authorities believe more than 4000 people are still stuck at Mallacoota, in the state's far east, which was hit by fire about 8.30am on Tuesday. There are four people unaccounted for and 'significant losses' to property in the East Gippsland region, and two people confirmed dead in New South Wales with another unaccounted for as a blaze tears through the state's south coast.

More than 30,000 tourists in Australia who refused to evacuate an area east of Melbourne amid raging bushfires are now 'trapped' after locals warned earlier that staying would be 'suicide'. Hundreds of blazes are burning across Australia, which is experiencing a devastating summer bushfire season fuelled by a prolonged drought and climate change. Hundreds of thousands were told to evacuate Victoria state's popular East Gippsland region on Sunday amid fears soaring temperatures and gusting winds would stoke three large blazes, cutting off the last major road still open.

At least 120 houses have been destroyed by fast-moving forest fires in the Chilean city of Valparaíso, prompting a mass evacuation, officials say. The fires affected the Rocuant and San Roque hills and spread to two poor residential areas. All the city's firefighters have been deployed. Mayor Jorge Sharp said the fires had been started "intentionally". There have been no reports of any casualties. Strong winds and high temperatures were exacerbating the situation. Power was cut to about 90,000 customers in the area as a precautionary measure. Two schools were turned into shelters for the affected residents, who were forced to flee in the middle of Christmas Eve celebrations.

The Cudlee Creek fire is revealed to have destroyed 86 homes in South Australia while 100 more estimated lost in New South Wales as residents wait to discover the extent of devastation from weekend’s fires. Western Australia’s firefighting aerial fleet has dropped 8.9m litres of water so far this bushfire season, which is more than half the water used for the entirety of 2018-19. The recent Yanchep bushfire alone accounted for about 4.7m litres of water, emergency services minister Francis Logan said. Heatwave update: the extraordinary nationwide burst that gave Australia its hottest three days on record between Tuesday and Thursday continued into Friday before dipping slightly on the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology says. The average maximum temperature across the country on Friday was 40.3C.

How Big Are These Fires? 2.7 million Hectares have burned in NSW alone, since June the 1st The massive 2018 Californian fires consumed 1.8 million Hectares The 2019 Amazon fires consumed just under 1 million Hectares Flames up to 70m (230ft) in height have been reported, higher Sydney's famous Opera House building. So are bushfires getting worse? Many Australians are asking that very question and whether these fires are linked to climate change - but the science is complicated. Scientists have long warned that a hotter, drier climate will contribute to fires becoming more frequent and more intense.

Nullarbor, a small village in South Australia became the first location to hit 50 deg C, 122 deg F in December's record-breaking heatwave, Eucla Amo was a very close second with 49.9 deg C. In fact, Australia was the hottest country on the planet in the last 24 hours with the top 15 hottest locations of the day going to Australia, with Austin Plains 15th recording a temperature of 47. 3 deg C, (117 deg F). The temperatures are set to increase into today and Saturday and in a cruel twist, if you can stand the irony, Milford Sound in New Zealand, Australia's nearest neighbours was the wettest place in the world, see the banner below.

Online, Sydney residents reported breathing problems and said they were "choking" on the smoke. The city has endured air quality surpassing "hazardous" levels for weeks, as about 100 blazes continue to rage throughout New South Wales (NSW). Credit Getty Image Australia has smashed its National Average hottest accumulated temperature for the second day running when the average across the entire nation registered an average temperature of 41.9C (107.4F) To put that into context, 7 656 127 sq km averaged almost 42 deg C, 108 deg F.

"People should be under no illusions, we're not going to get these fires put out." "People should be under no illusions, we're not going to get these fires put out." Captain Peter Duff from the RFS Terrey Hills Brigade Sydney, home to nearly six million people is now almost entirely surrounded by wildfires which firefighters have claimed are impossible to put out. A very dangerous heatwave is also moving across the country from west to east. All-time and daily records may be surpassed in parts of South Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria this week and temperatures may potentially soar to above 50 deg C, 122 deg F in some inland areas to the south.

More home lost along the Sydney outskirts as record-breaking heat intensifies. The number of properties damaged or destroyed by bushfires raging across New South Wales is set to rise after firefighters lost control of a backburn, inadvertently starting another blaze. Up to 20 buildings - including homes - are feared lost after the huge Gospers Mountain blaze northwest of Sydney spread out of control on Sunday. Almost 2000 firefighters were battling 108 blazes across NSW on Monday, ahead of extreme heat forecast for much of Australia throughout the rest of the week. Heat records could tumble, with forecast tops of 44C in Adelaide on Friday, 41C in Melbourne on Friday, and 43C in Canberra on Saturday. Areas of inland South Australia are forecast to have five consecutive days of 45C or hotter, with three consecutive days of 47C and above. Brisbane equalled its record for the hottest December day at 41.2C on Monday.

Bushfires rage in New South Wales and Western Australia threatening homes Massive flames have been reported in a "mega-fire" north-west of Sydney that has jumped a creek and has consumed homes near a landmark. Bushfires are blazing out of control on opposite sides of the continent with homes threatened outside both Sydney and Perth. More homes are thought to have been lost in the path of a major blaze in the Wollemi National Park, northwest of Sydney, where residents were told it was too late to leave. On Sunday, 106 bush and grass fires were continuing to burn across NSW, with 57 not yet contained. On Monday, total fire bans will be in place for five areas of NSW - Far North Coast, Central Ranges, New England, Northern Slopes & North Western.

"People should be under no illusions, we're not going to get these fires put out." "People should be under no illusions, we're not going to get these fires put out." "We're going to do as much as we can to protected as many homes as we can, but I think for those residents in those areas and firefighters, it's going to be a really tough week." Captain Peter Duff from the RFS Terrey Hills Brigade captured footage of a terrifying wall of flames blazing at Mt Tomah. In the video, posted to Facebook, a firefighter says they are tackling "spot fires galore" and flames 60 to 70 metres high. ABC Mass baby bat deaths threatening the future of forests as effects of drought and bushfires mount.

As I write this post, Sydney, Australia’s biggest city with a population of over five million people is suffering its worst pollution ever as smoke, caused by Australia's record-breaking wildfire season blankets the city turning it into a “gas chamber.” The smoke has caused a huge spike in respiratory illnesses along with the cancellation of outdoor sporting and leisure activities. Sydney is quite literally under siege, surrounded by huge wildfires leaving a chief firefighter to claim the fires can only be extinguished by flooding rains, (rains are not expected until late January). The fires which have reached the Greater Sydney area at the time of me writing this post have scorched almost one million acres and to make matters worse a nationwide heatwave has pushed the mercury to 45 deg C, 113 deg F.

Sydney under siege! "Only flooding will put this fire out," no meaningful rainfall until late January, leaving 5.5 million people chocking in 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) temps
Earthwindmap showing dangerous Carbon Monoxide surface concentration. A giant bushfire on the edge of Sydney, which has blanketed the city in smoke causing a spike in respiratory illnesses and the cancellation of outdoor sports, will only be extinguished with heavy rains, firefighters said. Thousands of weary firefighters, who have been battling bushfires for a month, were on Saturday fighting nearly 100 blazes in New South Wales state. The mega-fire north of Sydney, Australia's largest city with a population of 5.5 million people, was created on Friday when several fires merged and was now burning across 335,000 hectares (830,000 acres).

A 60-kilometre fire front is ravaging areas north of Sydney, as more than 100 blazes take hold amid deteriorating weather conditions. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned "some fires were too big to put out" and the level of smoke was such that it was showing up on its radar as rain. The cause and the effect. They are all in a 60-kilometre stretch that runs from the Colo area in the Hawkesbury, north of Sydney, all the way up to near Singleton. There is just fire that whole way. More than 680 homes have been destroyed by bushfires in NSW this season, the RFS confirmed. Almost 250 houses have been damaged, while more than 2,000 outbuildings have been destroyed or damaged. The updated totals came as the blazes burning north-west of Sydney joined to create what has been dubbed a "mega blaze" on Friday morning.

As the record-breaking wildfires rage on in southeastern Australia’s New South Wales and Queensland, conservationists are warning of a “global tragedy” that’s devastating wildlife and destroying forests. Prolonged by a crippling drought and warm weather have resulted in more than 7,000 wildfires in the last 5 months. An incredible 4 million acres of land has been lost including areas of national parks and a World Heritage site according to the Climate Council. The fires have decimated an already struggling wildlife and destroyed more homes than ever before. However, here is the scary part, scientists are forecasting the worst is yet to come as Australia enters its hottest wildfire season of this year, reports the Climate Council In a new report claims, this summer is shaping up as a terrible trifecta of heatwaves, droughts and bushfires, made worse by climate change and finds the catastrophic events unfolding across Australia are not normal.


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
Photo EPA
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.