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Caldor Fire prompts evacuation orders around California’s Lake Tahoe region

The Caldor Fire raging in Northern California has prompted evacuation orders and warnings in the Lake Tahoe Basin on Sunday night after conditions resulted in rapid spread. The patients at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe were all evacuated. “Patients will be transferred to regional partner facilities & patients’ families will be notified,” the […]

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Paraguay: Wildfires rip through world’s largest wetland; affecting indigenous people and biodiversity

Paraguay officials are battling fierce wildfires for a third consecutive year as a severe drought and a winter heatwave hit the South American country. Vast areas of Paraguay have been affected, with blazes concentrated in the northeastern administrative departments of Concepcion and Amambay. Thick smoke has reached the capital Asuncion, leaving the sky yellow and […]

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Mexico: Fire at offshore oil platform kills five, wounds six and two others unaccounted for

At least five died and six others suffered injuries in a fire at an offshore oil platform owned by Mexico’s state-run company Pemex. Rescue workers are still searching for two unaccounted people. The fire also caused work to be halted at 125 oil wells for which the platform provides gas and electricity. The incident comes […]

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Greece: New wildfires outside Athens threatens homes, villages evacuated

Powerful winds stirred two wildfires outside Athens, Greece, threatening homes and forcing the evacuation of villages. More than 500 wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Greece, which, like other countries in the Mediterranean region including Turkey and Tunisia, has seen some of its highest temperatures in decades. On Monday, a blaze broke out […]

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Italy: Wildfires breakout 40km east of Rome, dozens evacuated

Dozens of people were evacuated around 40km from Italy’s capital of Rome on Friday after a wildfire broke as temperatures reached close to 40 degree Celsius. The fires are moving northwards and overnight 25 families were evacuated from homes as fires spread through the nature reserve of Monte Catillo, near the Rome suburb of Tivoli, […]

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Algeria Wildfires: At least 42 people killed, including 25 soldiers who died saving residents

At least 42 people have been killed in wildfires ravaging mountain forests and villages east of Algeria’s capital, including 25 soldiers who died saving residents, the president announced. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday night tweeted that the soldiers who died saving 100 people from the fires in two areas of the Kabyle region are “martyrs. […]

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Algeria: Multiple wildfires spread in the North African country, at least seven dead

At least seven people have been killed in Algeria as forest fires spread in the North African country, the civil defence authority said on Tuesday.Two people were seriously injured, it added.State radio reported that some houses were completely destroyed, and al-Bilad newspaper reported that schools in Tizi Ouzou province were receiving citizens displaced by the […]

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Greece’s prime minister apologies for failure to tackle wildfires: ‘I understand pain of whose houses burnt’

Greece’s prime minister has apologised for failures in tackling the wildfires tearing across the country.Hundreds of firefighters have been battling huge blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and destroyed dozens of properties.”We may have done what was humanly possible, but in many cases it was not enough,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.Thick […]

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‘We are in unchartered territory’: Over 5,000 firefighters tackle California’s second largest wildfire in state history

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a wildfire in northern California which has become the second largest in state history. The Dixie Fire has already destroyed nearly all of the historic Gold Rush town of Greenville and authorities warn it could take weeks to contain. There are currently 11 major wildfires burning in the state. Rescue […]

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Greece Wildfire: Hundreds evacuated by the sea as fires encroach land

Thousands of people fled wildfires burning out of control in Greece and Turkey on Friday, as a protracted heatwave turned forests into tinderboxes and flames threatened populated areas, electricity installations and historic sites. On the Greek island of Evia, the coastguard mounted a major operation to evacuate hundreds of people by sea, using patrol boats […]

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Greece Wildfires: Massive blaze north of Athens forces hundreds to abandon their homes

A massive wildfire near a forest north of Athens, Greece has forced hundreds to leave their homes as the fires reached residential areas. Thick plumes of smoke passed over the capital on Tuesday and prompted multiple evacuations near Tatoi, 20km north of Athens. People fled their homes in cars and on motorcycles and headed towards […]

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More than 70 wildfires swamp Turkey; 4 dead, thousands evacuate

The death toll from wildfires on Turkey’s southern coast has risen to four as firefighters were battling blazes for a third day on Friday after the evacuation of dozens of villages and some hotels. More than 70 wildfires have broken out this week in provinces on Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts as well as inland […]