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New Zealand wildfire expected to burn for weeks

The fire has already burned through 5,700 acres

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February 11, 2019


Europe sizzles in heatwave as wildfire hits Portugal

Europe sweltered through an intense heatwave on Sunday, with soaring temperatures contributing to forest fires, nuclear plants closing and even threatening the Netherlands’ supply of fries, although some countries experienced a slight respite. Here is a roundup: – Spain: Fire under control- A top of 42 degrees Celsius (107 degrees Fahrenheit) was forecast in the…

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August 5, 2018


Wildfire kills at least 50 near Athens, families flee to beaches

A wildfire killed at least 50 people and injured more than 150 as it swept through a small resort town near Athens

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July 24, 2018


At least 20 killed in Greek wildfires

Authorities were trying to evacuate inhabitants, Tzanakopoulos said, while searches for further victims continued

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July 24, 2018


At least 10 killed by wildfires in California wine country

SANTA ROSA, California: A spate of wildfires fanned by strong winds swept through northern California’s wine country on Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and chasing some 20,000 people from their dwellings, reported Reuters. The fatalities brought the official wildfire-related death toll in California this year to 13 and…

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October 10, 2017


Israel firefighters say all fires extinguished

Jerusalem: Firefighters extinguished blazes ravaging Israel and West Bank settlements that forced tens of thousands to flee their homes and saw more than 20 people arrested, authorities said Sunday. “There are no active sites left,” fire and rescue service spokesman Yoram Levy told AFP. “Since last night it’s pretty calm, we have no new activity.”…

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November 27, 2016


Canadian forest fire still burning out of control

    EDMONTON: The huge forest fire that prompted the evacuation of Fort McMurray remained out of control Wednesday but cooler, more humid weather slowed its advance, Canadian officials said. All told, crews were battling 20 fires in Alberta province, although Fort McMurray’s was the only one still out of control, as it spread east….

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May 12, 2016


Thousands flee California wildfire

SAN DIEGO: More than 20 structures, including several homes, burned to the ground and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday, as a wind-lashed wildfire roared out of control in the heart of a Southern California coastal community. The fire, which erupted shortly before 11 a.m. in Carlsbad, some 25 miles north of…

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May 15, 2014


Wildfire enters Yosemite, threatens San Francisco water, power

SAN FRANCISCO: Firefighters on Saturday battled to gain control of a fast-moving wildfire raging on the edge of Yosemite National Park that is threatening power and water supplies to San Francisco about 200 miles (322 km) to the west.The so-called Rim Fire, which had grown to just over 125,000 acres (50,585 hectares) as of early…

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August 24, 2013


Wildfire destroys dozens of buildings in Idaho

SALMON: A wildfire raging unchecked in the Idaho mountains has destroyed 71 structures, including at least a dozen homes, and was menacing two resort towns where nearly 1,000 summertime residents were evacuated this week, authorities said on Wednesday.Much of the destruction wreaked by the blaze, burning in the steep, rugged forests of south central Idaho,…

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August 15, 2013


Arizona wildfire that killed 19 appears to be burning out

Phoenix, Arizona: An Arizona wildfire that left 19 firefighters dead as it swept over rugged mountainous terrain is slowly burning itself out, though hundreds of evacuated residents remain out of their homes and hot spots still exist, fire officials said on Thursday.The fire is expected to continue to shrink over the July 4 holiday as…

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July 5, 2013


Colorado wildfire destroys more than 500 homes

COLORADO: The number of homes destroyed by a Colorado wildfire rose above 500 on Tuesday as rain dampened the flames and allowed damage assessment teams to enter charred neighborhoods, and other threatening blazes grew in Alaska and elsewhere in the West.Authorities said the so-called Black Forest Fire, which has burned in the rolling hills outside…

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June 19, 2013


Two killed as monster wildfire threatens Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS: Two people have been killed by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, law enforcement officials said on Thursday, as crews fought to keep the fierce, wind-whipped blaze from roaring into the outskirts of Colorado Springs.El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the bodies of two people had been recovered in the burn…

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June 14, 2013


Colorado wildfire destroys between 80 and 100 homes

DENVER: A wind-whipped Colorado wildfire burned between 80 and 100 homes in a wooded subdivision just outside of the state's second largest city on Wednesday, as another blaze shut a top tourist attraction and forced the evacuation of more than 900 inmates from a prison in a neighboring county.A fast-moving blaze was raging uncontrolled about…

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June 12, 2013


Australia braces for 'catastrophic' wildfire day

CANBERRA: Australia was bracing on Monday for days of “catastrophic” fire and heatwave conditions, with fires already burning in five states and as a search continued for people missing after devastating wildfires in the island state of Tasmania.Prime Minister Julia Gillard toured fire-ravaged Tasmanian townships and promised emergency aid for survivors, who told of a…

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January 7, 2013


California declares emergency as wildfire advances on town

CALIFORNIA: California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in three Northern California counties on Wednesday after a wildfire that has already destroyed 64 homes advanced with 75-foot flames on a tiny community at the doorstep of a national park.Firefighters scrambled to head off the so-called Ponderosa Fire, which had scorched 24,000 acres, before…

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August 23, 2012


California’s raging wildfire destroys 50 buildings

SACRAMENTO: Fifty buildings were destroyed by a 21,500-acre wildfire raging in Northern California that has forced the evacuation of about 3,000 people near the small town of Manton, fire officials said late on Tuesday.Dubbed the Ponderosa Fire, the lightning-sparked blaze roared through brush and heavy timber in Tehama and Shasta counties, about 125 miles north…

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August 22, 2012


Wildfire displaces thousands near Colorado Springs

COLORADO: A wildfire roaring virtually unchecked near some of Colorado's most visited tourist sites kept some 4,800 people out of their homes on Tuesday on the outskirts of the state's second-most populous city, authorities said.The so-called Waldo Canyon fire sent a mushroom cloud of smoke nearly 20,000 feet (6,100 metres) into the air over Colorado…

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June 26, 2012


Colorado wildfire forces evacuation of 900 homes

DENVER: A wind-driven wildfire destroyed an unknown number of homes and forced the mandatory evacuation of 900 dwellings in the foothills and canyons west of Denver on Monday, authorities said.The blaze, which also forced the closing of some roads in the area, was believed to have been ignited by embers left over from a controlled-burning…

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March 27, 2012


Chile wildfire under control: president

SANTIAGO: Hundreds of firefighters in Chile have successfully brought under control a massive blaze that consumed 30,000 acres (12,500 hectares) of a national park in Patagonia, the government said. “Thanks to the great work of our firemen, and better weather conditions, the Torres del Paine fire is under control,” President Sebastian Pinera said on his…

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January 2, 2012


Huge wildfire shutters Chile national park

SANTIAGO: Chile closed one of its most popular national parks in peak hiking season after a massive wildfire ravaged tens of thousands of acres of pristine Patagonia and showed no signs of abating.High winds fanned the blaze at the Torres del Paine National Park, a 2,400-square-kilometer (927-square-mile) paradise of mountains, glaciers, natural forests and lakes…

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December 31, 2011