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The Dixie Fire rages in Plumas county, California. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)(AFP)
The Dixie Fire rages in Plumas county, California. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)(AFP)

Countries around the world race to rein in wildfires

Agencies | , Athens
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2021 05:11 AM IST
  • Fire crews across Greece struggled amid a record heat wave to contain new blazes, including one near the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games - Olympia.
Locals watch a wildfire near the town of Manavgat, east of the resort city of Antalya, Turkey, (REUTERS/Kaan Soyturk)
Locals watch a wildfire near the town of Manavgat, east of the resort city of Antalya, Turkey, (REUTERS/Kaan Soyturk)

Wildfires force Istanbul, other Turkish cities to bar entry into forests, parks

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2021 08:16 AM IST
Istanbul and other major cities bar people from entering nearby forests and national parks as wildfires' flames raged through forests along Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast and further inland including one popular tourism spot, Manavgat
A rail bridge spans the Fraser River as a wildfire burns in Lytton, British Columbia, Friday, July 2, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
A rail bridge spans the Fraser River as a wildfire burns in Lytton, British Columbia, Friday, July 2, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning strikes in Western Canada increase tenfold, may fuel forest fires

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2021 06:38 AM IST
The Pacific province of British Columbia has been recovering from the grip of an unprecedented heatwave, which has so far caused 719 confirmed deaths, triple what would normally occur in the same time period, the province's chief coroner said.
California has already been charred by record fires that have burned 4.2 million acres and killed 31 people in 2020.(Reuters File Photo)
California has already been charred by record fires that have burned 4.2 million acres and killed 31 people in 2020.(Reuters File Photo)

Wildfire risks might cause nearly million Californians to face blackouts

By Bloomberg | Posted by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 06:16 PM IST
Dry winds that can fan flames and knock power lines down are forecast to rattle Southern California through Friday, with the worst of it on Wednesday and Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
Wildfire smoke obscures the view of Elliott Bay as people walk by a Pike Place Market sign in Seattle, Washington(AFP)
Wildfire smoke obscures the view of Elliott Bay as people walk by a Pike Place Market sign in Seattle, Washington(AFP)

Smoke chokes West Coast as death toll climbs to 27

Salem | By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 04:47 AM IST
For people already enduring the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic fallout and political tensions evident in the Black Lives Matter protests and far-right counter protests, the fires added a new layer of misery.
Greta Thunberg calls for action on wildfires raging across the US West Coast(Instagram/gretathunberg)
Greta Thunberg calls for action on wildfires raging across the US West Coast(Instagram/gretathunberg)

Greta Thunberg calls for immediate focus of news on wildfires raging across the US West Coast

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 09:23 AM IST
‘It needs to dominate the news. All the time’: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg draws social media users’ attention on the wildfires that are raging across parts of the US West Coast as they doubled in size between Wednesday and Thursday
An estimated 180,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders, including in parts of Santa Rosa and a large swath of Sonoma County all the way to the Pacific Ocean.(AP Photo)
An estimated 180,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders, including in parts of Santa Rosa and a large swath of Sonoma County all the way to the Pacific Ocean.(AP Photo)

Emergency declared in California as wildfires force evacuation, blackouts

Healdsburg | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2019 07:41 AM IST
California’s governor declared a state-wide emergency on Sunday as a huge wind-fueled blaze forced evacuations and massive power blackouts, threatening towns in the famed Sonoma wine region.
Flames from a backfire, lit by firefighters to slow the spread of the Kincade Fire, burn a hillside in unincorporated Sonoma County.(AP photo)
Flames from a backfire, lit by firefighters to slow the spread of the Kincade Fire, burn a hillside in unincorporated Sonoma County.(AP photo)

Ferocious winds fuel blazes throughout Northern California

California | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2019 06:12 AM IST
In the San Francisco Bay Area, two grass fires briefly halted traffic on an Interstate bridge. The flames came dangerously close to homes in Vallejo.
Local people evacuate themselves during the wind-driven wildfire in Sylmar, California.(Reuters Photo)
Local people evacuate themselves during the wind-driven wildfire in Sylmar, California.(Reuters Photo)

Tens of thousands evacuated as California wildfires rage

Los Angeles | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2019 11:53 AM IST
There were no immediate reports of injuries, but authorities ordered several hundred homes in the area be evacuated.
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