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UK: 3 arrested over West Yorkshire moorland fire on hottest day of year so far

Ilkley Moor
© David Shepherdson
A wide area of Ilkley Moor, pictured here at 22:15 BST on Saturday, was well alight
Three men have been arrested after a large fire took hold on moorland in West Yorkshire.

Firefighters tackled flames covering 25,000 sq m on Ilkley Moor on Saturday, with helicopters making water drops.

West Yorkshire Police said the men, aged 19, 23 and 24, remain in custody for questioning while inquiries continue.

Bradford Council reiterated a warning for walkers to stay off the moors as crews were damping down.

A police spokesperson said a smaller fire took hold on a different section of the moor on Saturday, with investigations under way to see if it is connected to the larger blaze.

Comment: While irresponsible people (or arsonists) may be to blame for causing this fire, the unseasonably dry and warm conditions that enabled it to happen are quite unusual, and this is the case throughout particular parts of the world and which also seem to be a continuation from last year. Meanwhile in other parts of Europe are seeing much lower temperatures bringing snow, hail and flooding: And from last year: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: California Wildfires, Climate Change, And The Impossible Brexit


Hundreds lose homes as huge wildfires ravage Russia's Trans-Baikal

russia trans-baikal wildfire
Massive steppe wildfires, propelled by strong winds, have destroyed more than a hundred houses in the Siberian region of Trans-Baikal, leaving hundreds of local residents homeless.

More than 400 people were affected by the wildfires that got out of control in the remote Russian region on the Mongolian border.

At least, 111 houses in 15 villages were lost in the disaster, the governor's office said. The people evacuated in time and there have been no fatalities related to the fires.

Comment: Wildfires broke records from Europe to Korea due to an unseasonably dry and warm winter, meanwhile many parts of North America are seeing spring snow: Also check out SOTT's monthly documentary SOTT Earth Changes Summary - March 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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


China forest fire that killed 30 started by lightning

An investigation into a forest fire that killed 30 people in south-western China last month found the blaze was caused by lightning, state media reported late Friday.

The fire broke out on March 30 on a 3,700-metre mountain top in China's south-western Sichuan province after lightning struck an 18-metre pine tree, news agency Xinhua reported citing local authorities.

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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


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
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


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.

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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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#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.


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.


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.


Trans-Siberian train narrowly escapes inferno of raging wildfire

© 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