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Firefighters struggle to contain fast moving wildfires in Spain

Firefighters in Spain are struggling to contain wildfires in several parts of the country, which is suffering a heatwave unusual for this time of the year. The worst damage has been in the north-west province of Zamora where more than 61,000 acres have been consumed, regional authorities said. The blaze that started in Zamora’s Sierra […]

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Fire destroys Russian military research institute where Iskander and S-400 missile systems were designed, 5 killed

A fire at a Russian military research institute in the northwestern city of Tver killed five people on Thursday and injured dozens more, state news agencies reported. Russian TV showed images of thick black smoke rising from inside the yellow four-story building of the Central Research Institute of the Russian Air and Space Forces. Several […]

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Huge fire at fertilizer plant threatens ammonium nitrate explosion in North Carolina; 6,000 people urged to evacuate

A large fire burning at a fertilizer plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is threatening an explosion of ammonium nitrate as officials urge the evacuation of 6,000 people within a mile of the site, including some students at Wake Forest University. “Right now, the fire is still active, and there’s still potential for explosion. We’re asking […]

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Nightclub fire in Cameroon’s capital city Yaoundé leaves at least 16 dead, injures 8

At least 16 people were killed after a fire tore through a nightclub in Cameroon’s capital city Yaoundé early on Sunday, according to the country’s government. Eight other people were seriously wounded in the fire at the Liv Nightclub, according to the government’s statement. During a press conference held at the scene of the fire, […]

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Brazil: Four convicted in nightclub fire that killed 242 club-goers during party

A court in Brazil sentenced four people to lengthy prison terms over the deaths of 242 club-goers in a fire during a party in 2013. The blaze began when members of a band performing at the Kiss nightclub, in the southern city of Santa Maria, lit flares which set light to the ceiling. There was […]

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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 […]