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State of emergency in central Newfoundland extended to Botwood amid forest fires - worst situation since 1961

A forest fire rages near N.L.'s Bay d'Espoir Highway on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
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A forest fire rages near N.L.'s Bay d'Espoir Highway on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
The state of emergency in central Newfoundland has been extended to the Botwood area due to declining air quality.

Smoke from forest fires in the region had already prompted the Newfoundland and Labrador government to declare a state of emergency in the Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop's Falls and Connaigre Peninsula areas.

Residents are encouraged to contact 811 or to see a health care provider if they experience any new or concerning symptoms that they feel could be related to the heat or smoke.


For information on emergency lodging, please contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-222-9597.

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California's McKinney fire has destroyed nearly 90 homes and is only 40% contained

Sheriff's deputies leave a home where a body was found.
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Sheriff's deputies leave a home where a body was found.
California's McKinney Fire has destroyed nearly 90 houses and is only 40% contained a week after breaking out in the Klamath National Forest, with hot and dry conditions expected to continue through the weekend.

The blaze, the largest wildfire in California so far this year, erupted on July 29 in the forest near the California-Oregon border and grew rapidly, fueled by winds from thunderstorms.

As of Sunday morning, the fire had burned over 60,200 acres and the perimeter was 40% contained, according to InciWeb, a US clearinghouse for fire information. More than 3,500 fire personnel are involved in battling the fire.

Of 274 structures inspected so far, 87 homes and an additional 47 structures — including garages and commercial buildings — have been destroyed, according to an initial damage assessment released by the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services.



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Dozens injured and 17 missing after lightning strike triggers huge fire at Cuban supertanker port

A huge blaze raged through the night afte
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A huge blaze raged through the night after a second tank was hit on Friday evening
Dozens of people have been injured and 17 firefighters are missing after lightning struck fuel storage tanks at a supertanker port in Cuba, sparking explosions and ferocious fires.

The blaze broke out during a thunderstorm on Friday night in the city of Matanzas and raged uncontrollably on Saturday despite fire crews' battling to quell it.

The official Cuban News Agency said a lightning strike set one oil tank on fire at Matanzas Supertanker Base and the blaze later spread to a second fuel storage container.

At least 67 people have been injured in four explosions and 17 firefighters remained unaccounted for, according to Cuban state-run television. Civilians had already been evacuated from the area.


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McKinney wildfire kills two as it becomes the biggest blaze in California this year

the ruins of a property in the community of Klamath River, which burned in the McKinney Fire in Klamath National Forest, northwest of Yreka, California, on July 31, 2022.
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The ruins of a property in the community of Klamath River, which burned in the McKinney Fire in Klamath National Forest, northwest of Yreka, California, on July 31, 2022.
A wildfire in Northern California that started on Friday moved so quickly over the weekend that it's grown into the largest wildfire in the state this year, according to CNN. Thousands have been forced to evacuate and two people have been killed, their bodies found in a burned-out car.

The McKinney Fire began Friday afternoon in the Klamath National Forest near the California-Oregon border in Siskiyou County. So far it has burned through over 55,000 acres, causing 2,000 evacuations on Saturday, according authorities. Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Saturday.

The blaze was not under control on Sunday, with firefighters battling lightning, thunderstorms, and dry vegetation. Monday's efforts to fight the flames via aircraft were complicated by thick smoke in the area.


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State of emergency declared as Yosemite National Park burns in California

The fire near Jerseydale, Mariposa County, California, on July 23, 2022.
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The fire near Jerseydale, Mariposa County, California, on July 23, 2022.
Fast moving wildfires hit Yosemite National Park in California on July 24th 2022.

A state of emergency has been declared due to the danger in the area.

Over 6,000 residents have been evacuated as the Oak Fire spread.

The fire has affected Mariposa County most severely.

Power outages have occured as electricity supplies are affected.

Planes are being used to fight the blaze, as firefighters struggle to contain the fire.


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Resort evacuated as wildfire destroys homes in Lesbos, Greece

A police officer tries to extinguish the wildfire burning in the village of Vatera, Lesbos.
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A police officer tries to extinguish the wildfire burning in the village of Vatera, Lesbos.
Tourists and residents have been evacuated from a popular resort on the Greek island of Lesbos after a wildfire destroyed homes in the beachside village of Vatera.

Firefighters deployed seven planes and a helicopter to tackle the blaze, with reinforcements expected to arrive from northern Greece.

The fire broke out at 10am local time (0800 BST) on Saturday and is burning on two fronts, one heading towards Vrisa village and another inside Vatera.

The West Lesbos mayor, Taxiarchis Verros, ordered the evacuation of the busy beach resort as a precautionary measure, acting on the advice of the fire brigade, Athens news agency reported.


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Fires threaten Athens' hillside suburbs for second day

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Nearly 500 firefighters struggled to contain a large wildfire that threatened hillside suburbs outside Athens for a second day Wednesday, after hundreds of residents were evacuated overnight.

At least two people were hospitalized with breathing problems and minor burns, while local officials said several houses had been burned in the fire around Mount Penteli, 25 kilometers (16 miles) northeast of the Greek capital.

"The conditions are very challenging. The priority was to safeguard human life, critical infrastructure and private property," Fire Service spokesman Yiannis Artopios said.

He said winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph) were making air support difficult for fire crews.


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European heatwave kills hundreds, electric vehicle reportedly sparks catastrophic wildfire in France

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A view of trees burning amid a wildfire near Landiras, France, July 16, 2022.
Since July 10, at least 360 people have been killed in Spain due to a massive heatwave and thousands of individuals have been forced to flee southern France due to a wildfire allegedly sparked by a vehicle having mechanical issues.

The Carlos III Health Institute reported Friday that hundreds have died in Spain as temperatures have skyrocketed to 45 degrees Celsius - or 114 degrees Fahrenheit - in the region. The heatwave has also contributed to massive wildfires in several countries that have scorched thousands of acres of land. In southwest France alone, 12,000 people have been forced to flee to escape multiple blazes.

France's Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne blamed the fire in the La-Teste-de-Buch region on an electric vehicle that had some sort of issue near a wooden glen. The second ongoing wildfire in France is also being investigated for criminal activity.

"80% of the forest fires are estimated to have been started by humans," she told France's BFMTV News.

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One dead as Morocco forest fires rage

Two men evacuate from a village as forest fires rage near the Moroccan city of Ksar el-Kebir on Thursday
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Two men evacuate from a village as forest fires rage near the Moroccan city of Ksar el-Kebir on Thursday
Fires ravaging remote mountain forests in northern Morocco have killed at least one person and forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 families, officials said on Friday.

Fanned by strong winds, the fires that broke out on Wednesday have destroyed 1,600 hectares (nearly 4,000 acres) of woodland in the provinces of Larache, Ouezzane, Taza and Tetouan, the authorities said.

"The body of a person suffering from multiple burns has been found" amid one of the blazes in the Larache region, the authorities said in a statement.


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Wildfires rage in Spain, France and Portugal as heatwave sweeps across Europe

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A scorching heatwave has hit Europe, sparking droughts, health warnings and forest fires, and temperatures are set to rise even further this week.

Bastille Day fireworks celebrations were banned in France as a state of emergency was declared in Italy, where daytrippers fled to the beaches.

In Spain and Portugal there were forest fires, as health warnings were issued across many European countries struggling under the oppressive heat. In the UK there were warnings the NHS could buckle under the pressure of the heatwave.