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Huge wildfire breaks out in Saudi Arabia's Taif region

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Emergency crews responded to a wildfire on the Amad mountain in Saudi Arabia's Taif region on September 16 and 17.

The fire broke out on September 16 and no deaths or casualties were reported, the Saudi state-owned Al-Arabiya reported.

Footage shared by Taif News, a local news account, shows the fire in Amad mountain. Saudi Civil Defense tweeted on the afternoon of September 17 that fire suppression and control operation were continuing.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Will wildfire smoke cause record cold this Autumn?

In this photo provided by Frederic Larson, the Golden Gate Bridge is seen at 11am Wednesday morning in San Francisco, amid a smoky, orange hue caused by the ongoing wildfires
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In this photo provided by Frederic Larson, the Golden Gate Bridge is seen at 11am Wednesday morning in San Francisco, amid a smoky, orange hue caused by the ongoing wildfires
With record amounts of smoke from the U.S west coast wildfires now drifting past NYC, you have to ask if the sunlight blocking will cause unusual cold and snow this autumn. Chinese farmers hoarding wheat because higher prices are being paid by traders than the government mandated price, this is causing shortages in China's National Strategic Grain Reserves. Still no sunspots on our Sun as Solar Cycle 25 is a non-starter.


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US West Coast wildfires continue to rage: At least 36 people dead, nearly 5 million acres torched - smoke cloud reaches East Coast

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11 states are reporting 87 large fires

Raging wildfires are still wrecking havoc along the West Coast, and now there are almost 90 wildfires in nearly a dozen states, the National Interagency Fire Center reported Tuesday.

So far the fires have burned an estimated 4.8 million acres, with a majority of the damage occurring in California, Oregon, Washington, and now Idaho.

According to the NIFC, firefighters have been able to contain six large fires — one in Montana, two in Oregon, and three in California.


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Wildfires sweep into Brazil park harboring jaguars

An injured jaguar drinks from a river in Mato Grosso State, Brazil, as the region suffers its worst fires in more than 47 years

An injured jaguar drinks from a river in Mato Grosso State, Brazil, as the region suffers its worst fires in more than 47 years
Wildfire has infiltrated a Brazilian state park known for its population of jaguars as firefighters, environmentalists and ranchers in the world's largest tropical wetlands region struggle to smother record blazes.

The fire had surrounded the Encontro das Aguas (Meeting of the Waters) park in the Pantanal, located at the border of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul states, but for a time rivers helped keep the blazes at bay. Then wind carried sparks into the park and flames have been wreaking destruction for over a week.

There is little outlook for any near-term help from rainfall, said the Mato Grosso firefighters' spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Sheila Sebalhos.

"The forecast isn't good," Sebalhos said by phone from the state capital of Cuiaba, after spending weeks in the fire zone. "High speeds of those winds that change direction many times throughout the day are favoring the rapid spread (of fire)."

Some 200 jaguars have already suffered injury, death or displacement because of the fires, according to Panthera, an international wild cat conservation organization.


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1,000 firefighters, 15 aircraft battle huge wildfire in central Portugal - perimeter over 34 miles long

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Proença-a-Nova fire spreads to two more municipalities
Almost 1,000 firefighters and 15 water-dropping aircraft battled a major wildfire in central Portugal on Monday, as strong winds pushed the flames through dense and hilly woodlands.

The blaze was in central Portugal around Proença-a-Nova, 200 kilometres (124 miles) north of Lisbon.

The fire's perimeter stretched more than 55 kilometres (34 miles), local Civil Protection Agency commander Luis Belo Costa told a news conference, adding that an "extraordinary" amount of tinder-dry vegetation was fueling the flames.


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This seems very 2020: Watch as smoke from US forest fires gets sucked into Pacific storm

A swath of wildfire smoke is getting pulled into an offshore storm
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A swath of wildfire smoke is getting pulled into an offshore storm
We've got another one for your 2020 list...

I'm going to file this under "I've never seen this in my career, but I probably should have expected it this year" as some of this thick smoke from the historic fires burning in Oregon and California is now getting sucked right into a Pacific storm.

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Massive wildfires devour large agricultural lands in western Syria

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Servicemen from the Russian Khmeimim air base have been taking part in efforts to contain the fires

Fires have broken out in a number of agricultural areas in western Syria, Russia Today (RT) reported yesterday.

A video showing the fires went viral on social media.

Fires have been raging in recent days across a number of large agricultural lands across Syria's western parts. The fires were intensified in the Slunfeh forest, which extends along the Latakia portal city to the Masyaf Mountains in Homs.


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US West Coast wildfire death toll rises to 23; More than 500,000 Oregonians evacuate as 100 major fires devastate nearly 4.4 million acres

Hundreds of homes in Phoenix, Oregon (mobile home park pictured), have been lost due to wildfires in the state
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Hundreds of homes in Phoenix, Oregon (mobile home park pictured), have been lost due to wildfires in the state
West Coast authorities have reported that at least 23 people have died in wildfires that are raging in California, Oregon and Washington state, as more than 500,000 Oregonians are forced to evacuate due to 100 major fires that have devastated nearly 4.4 million acres across 12 states.

A Northern California wildfire became the state's deadliest of the year Thursday when authorities announced seven more deaths. Officials said the number may rise as searchers looked for 16 missing people.

Three other deaths have been confirmed in Oregon and one in Washington state, authorities said.

Authorities in Oregon said Thursday night that more than 500,000 people statewide were forced to evacuate due to wildfires. The latest figures come from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. That's over 10 per cent of the state's 4.2 million population.

More than 1,400 square miles have burned this week in the state. Authorities say the wildfire activity was particularly acute Thursday afternoon in northwestern Oregon as hot, windy conditions continued.


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At least 23 dead as massive wildfire sweeps through US Western states - California sky turns 'apocalyptic orange'

Fires light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville, California
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Fires light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville, California.
The remains of three people were discovered north of Sacramento near the site of a large-scale wildfire, which has left several others seriously injured as rescuers search for 12 missing persons amid the blaze.

Two of the deceased victims were discovered in one location, while the third was found separately, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said, noting they had not yet been identified.

Out of 85 missing persons reports filed in relation to the fire, 12 have not yet been located, he added. Several others were severely wounded after being trapped overnight in the inferno, dubbed the 'Bear Fire,' according to CalFire Battalion Chief Sean Norman.

"We were rescuing people most of the night. We had several critical burn injuries of civilians we were able to rescue and bring into the fire station and then get them off the hill," the fire chief said.


Comment: US media is reporting that at least 23 people have died as a result of these wildfires so far.

See also: Wildfires prompt evacuations across Oregon and SW Washington - over 2.5 million acres burnt in former


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Wildfires prompt evacuations across Oregon and SW Washington - over 2.5 million acres burnt in former

Cody Perkins shared photos Tuesday of wildfire smoke over Roseburg

Cody Perkins shared photos Tuesday of wildfire smoke over Roseburg
Strong wind and hot, dry conditions are making for critical fire conditions across the Pacific Northwest.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management says there are more than 480 active fires across the state, adding that more than 2.5 million acres have been burned. Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act Tuesday afternoon.

Several fast-moving fires prompted evacuation orders in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington overnight Monday and into Tuesday.