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National disaster declared as thousands flee South Korean wildfires

South Korea wildfires
© AFP / Kangwon Ilbo
Thousands of firefighters and military personnel in South Korea are engaged in a major operation to contain wildfires which have so far killed at least one person, injured 11 and forced the evacuation of over 4,000 residents.

The blaze, one of the county's largest-ever wildfires, broke out in Gangwon Province near Sokcho and Gangneung in the mountainous north-eastern region, close to the North Korean border. It has already been declared a national disaster.

"It is extremely rare for fire trucks to be dispatched on a nationwide scale," an official from South Korea's fire agency said as cited by the Korea Herald.

It is believed to have been started by a malfunctioning electrical transformer which sparked and ignited the fire. It was subsequently fanned by strong winds.


Comment: Europe's record breaking warm winter leads to unprecedented wildfires


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Wildfires blaze across unseasonably hot, dry Portugal

Flames of an approaching forest fire are seen near the small village of Gondomil, near Valenca, Portugal, Wednesday
© REUTERS
Flames of an approaching forest fire are seen near the small village of Gondomil, near Valenca, Portugal, Wednesday.
Hundreds of Portuguese firefighters struggled on Wednesday to contain wildfires which erupted far earlier in the season than usual because of unexpectedly hot and windy weather.

Ten fires were burning across the country, most in the north, several months before the late spring season when fire crews are normally in place. Meteorologists said global warming had made it difficult to predict where blazes would erupt.

"We are having significant fire outbreaks in areas where we didn't know the risk was high," Miguel Miranda, president of the Portuguese Institute of Meteorology (IPMA), told Portuguese radio station TSF. "We are in unexplored territory, we have never been through this."

Helicopters dropped water on flaming woodlands near the tiny village of Gondomil on Portugal's northern edge near the Spanish frontier. A firefighter there told Reuters the force was waiting at a wooded area until the weather conditions made it possible to fight the blaze.

Comment: Europe's record breaking warm winter leads to unprecedented wildfires


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Europe's record breaking warm winter leads to unprecedented wildfires

wildfire torrox spain
© Twitter / @Plan_INFOCA
WILDFIRE: Specialist crews are on the scene at Torrox, Spain
It's not really unexpected, but it's still alarming. Along with high pollution levels, the record hot temperatures many of us experienced this February led to an exceptional number of wildfires in western Europe.

According to the Emergency Management Service of the EU agency Copernicus as of today, March 1, there have been 480 wildfires in 2019 across Europe.

Compared to the 2008-2018 average number of fires, this corresponds to the number of fires usually recorded mid-August.

The area of surface burnt is slightly lower, with 74,482 hectares, the typical situation in mid-July. In March, the 2008-2018 average is of 4,872 hectares burnt for all Europa.

Comment: Following the unusually warm winter and wildfires, many areas of the UK are now struggling with serious flooding. The US is also seeing epic floods but winter brought them record breaking cold.

See also:

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#PropagandaWatch - Shoving 'climate grief' down our throats

Climate Grief
© HypnoArt/Pixabay
The propagandists are in overdrive shoving "climate grief" down our collective throats. And the next step in that indoctrination, the acceptance of climate eugenics to atone for our climate sins, is almost here. Join James for this week's important edition of #PropagandaWatch dissecting the dangerous lies that are being pushed in the name of the environment.


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Township 'wiped off map' by bushfire in Victoria, Australia

Andrew Clarke could do nothing but watch as his
© Channel 9
Andrew Clarke could do nothing but watch as his life’s work went up in flames.
Incredible vision from the fire front shows how painstakingly difficult fighting a raging bushfire can be.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade shared footage from Garfield North, 68km southeast of the Melbourne CBD, where the Bunyip State Park fire raged out of control.

"This is what firefighters faced on the ground," the MFB wrote.



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Australian bushfire emergency: Eastern Victoria's rolling inferno

Fires rage in Bunyip State Park

Fires rage in Bunyip State Park
A fire in Victoria's east is worse than the Black Saturday blaze that burned in the same spot 10 years ago, a firefighter says.

More than 30 fires are burning across the state, following lightning strikes, blistering temperatures and searing winds.

Five buildings, including three homes, were destroyed by Sunday afternoon.

Two of those homes were in the Garfield North area near the Bunyip State Park, where a fire has already burned through 6000 hectares and is racing towards the Princes Highway.

"This is an active fire. It is moving, and there is every likelihood there will be further property losses," Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp told reporters.


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Trans-Siberian train narrowly escapes inferno of raging wildfire

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© Sputnik / Evgeny Biyatov
Dramatic footage posted on Youtube shows a train battling through a wall of fire and smoke in Russia's Far East as wildfires reduced the region to a hellscape.

In the terrifying video captured by passengers, the flames are seen coming close to the train while the railway completely disappears in a cloud of smoke. The inferno is rapidly extending across the region and threatening to paralyze railway traffic, including the legendary Trans-Siberia railway connecting Moscow to Vladivostok.

Comment: 2nd wildfire in 24 hours hits UK: Arthur's seat in Edinburgh ablaze


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2nd wildfire in 24 hours hits UK: Arthur's seat in Edinburgh ablaze

arthurs seat fire
© Holyrood Park, Edinburg PA
Scene of a gorse fire below Salisbury Crags inHolyrood Park, Edinburg
PA
Firefighters are battling a large gorse fire on Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.

Around 800 square metres of gorse is ablaze on the Salisbury Crags.

Two fire engines from Edinburgh went to the scene after the alarm was raised at around 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Comment: See: Major moorland fire in Yorkshire, UK - In February?


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Major moorland fire in Yorkshire, UK - In February?

Yorkshire moorland fire
A major moorland fire has broken out above Marsden in West Yorkshire.

Around forty fire fighters are at the moment tackling the blaze next to the Great Western Inn on Manchester Road.

Four appliances from West Yorkshire are there and one from Greater Manchester is tackling the fire from their side.

200 square metres of moorland are ablaze and the fire service say it's likely that they'll be there throughout the night. No cause is yet known.

Comment: Whatever the cause, a wildfire in February in Yorkshire is certainly unusual. It could be related to the record heat much of the UK has seen in recent days: UK: Hottest February day ever as temperatures soar to 20C/68F

It's also notable that the summer drought and heatwave of 2018 brought about an unprecedented number of wildfires to the UK: Wildfire the size of 50 football pitches breaks out in "tinder dry" New Forest, UK



And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


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Curfews imposed in Chile as 5 simultaneous wildfires spiral out-of-control

Chile wildfires

Chile wildfires tear through Valparaiso on Pacific coast in 2014
In central regions of Chile, a curfew has been imposed due to forest fires going out-of-control in urban areas. The Chilean has already killed 2 last week. Two days ago, 5 fires have started simulteneously and are now threatening buildings in Penco and San Pedro de la Paz. Residents had to flee the flames. Regional authorities suspect arson as the cause of the fire and have introduced a curfew from 11:00pm to 7:00am in 10 provincial communes.