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Wildfire near Vacaville, CA now at 1,400 acres, only 10% contained

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Flames from the Quail Fire burn an outbuilding near Winters (Yolo County), June 7, 2020
The Quail Fire in Solano County just north of Vacaville grew to 1,400 acres by Sunday morning, and was 10% contained as of 8 a.m.

It destroyed 4 structures, threatened another 100 structures and prompted mandatory evacuations for Quail Canyon Road between Pleasants Valley Road and Highway 12, according to Cal Fire's Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit. Pleasants Valley Road was closed.

Cal Fire said on Sunday that 600 firefighters were battling the blaze. Thirty engines responded to the scene along with seven hand crews, nine dozers, and "numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the state are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow."

Satellite images showed that smoke was blowing into Sacramento, according to the National Weather Service.

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Lightning ignites at least 15 wildfires across Alaska

Map of the more than 1,800 lightning strikes throughout Alaska on May 30, 2020.

Map of the more than 1,800 lightning strikes throughout Alaska on May 30, 2020.
Firefighters and aircraft were are busy Sunday working on two lightning-caused fires burning within 25 miles of Unlakleet with more firefighters slated to joint the effort after lightning became a big factor in new fire starts in Alaska this weekend. Lightning is suspected of causing more than 15 new fires in Alaska this weekend.

There were approximately 1,858 recorded lightning strikes throughout the state Saturday with Sunday's tally at more than 2,900 by 8 p.m. On Saturday, the lightning was scattered throughout a ribbon starting in the Yukon-Kukoskwim Delta north of Bethel stretching across through Central Interior with a cluster appearing north of the Mat-Su Valley. On Sunday, that area was expanded to the Canadian border as rain storms moved through the Fairbanks area in the afternoon.

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Evacuations ongoing due to 'significant' brush fire in Nova Scotia

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The smoke from the fire in Porters Lake, N.S., could be seen from kilometres away
More than 1,000 residents in the area of Porters Lake, N.S. are being asked to leave their homes Saturday as crews work to contain a large fire in the area.

At least 10 trucks from Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency (HRFE) have responded to the scene of the brush fire which was first reported at approximately 12:30 p.m. AT.

HRFE assistant chief Nadya-Lyse Paré said that a resident on their quad was the first to spot the fire and report it to officials.

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Florida wildfires burn 5,000 acres, evacuations ordered as Interstate 75 closed

At least 5,000 acres have been after wildfires spread across Southwest Florida on Wednesday.
© Naples Fire-Rescue Department
At least 5,000 acres have been after wildfires spread across Southwest Florida on Wednesday.
At least four brush fires merged into one blaze and scorched thousands of acres across Southwest Florida as of Thursday, spurring evacuations and shutting down a major interstate.

The Florida Forestry Service said that one of the fires near Naples threatened about 30 homes in the Collier County area of Golden Gate Estates. As of Wednesday night, the blaze grew to around 5,000 acres after four different brush fires combined,

"We don't have any reportable containment as of yet," Greater Naples Fire Rescue District Chief Kingman Schuldt told the Naples Daily News.

One of the fires caused a toll section of Interstate 75 known as Alligator Alley to close for about 20 miles, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The roadway was shut down as of Thursday morning.


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"Abnormally dry conditions" fuel Florida wildfires, thousands forced to evacuate, satellite captures billowing smoke plumes

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Hundreds evacuated as wildfires rage in NW Florida
Firefighters battled a fire in Santa Rosa County near Milton, Florida, on May 6 that has scorched more than 250 acres.

Numerous wildfires in the Florida Panhandle have turned an already frightening time into a nightmare for thousands of Sunshine State residents. Between two separate blazes, over 1,000 homes have been evacuated, and dozens of structures have been destroyed.

The blazes have since forced over 1,500 residents to evacuate into unfamiliar areas and contend with all new social distancing requirements. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said the blazes have destroyed 33 total structures thus far.

To further complicate matters, thick smoke forced a portion of Interstate 10 to close due to the blazes. That same thick smoke could be seen by satellites spreading over the Gulf Coast.

Comment: Meanwhile in other parts of the US: 'Sure doesn't look like May': Lake-effect snow blows across Lake Superior coastline


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Wildfires rage in Florida Panhandle, forcing evacuations

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© Walton County Emergency Management

Wildfires burning in the Florida Panhandle's swampland this week have destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced least 500 people to evacuate in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials say the three blazes in northwest Florida have been exacerbated by winds and dry weather conditions, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.

One fire in Santa Rosa County, which tore through 2,000 acres and shut down nine miles of Interstate 10, was just 20 percent contained when officials gave a 9 p.m. press conference Wednesday night.

Nicknamed the Five Mile Swamp fire, the blaze began as a prescribed burn on private property Monday but it quickly went out of control.


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Wildfires in Siberia are so large you can see them from space

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A fire in a narrow strip of forest in Yurga District, Kemerovo Region, south Siberia

A raging blaze so big it can be seen from space has engulfed vast swathes of Russia.

Wildfires in the Siberian countryside began late last month and have now burned 5million acres of fields and forests, sparking what Russian officials have called a "critical situation."

The infernos were caused by a mix of unusually hot weather triggered by climate change and Russian citizens flouting lockdown rules, according to Sergei Anoprienko, head of the federal forest agency Rosleskhoz.

"People self-isolated outdoors and forgot about fire safety rules," Anoprienko said.

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Wildfires critical in Siberia and Russian Far East, follow 'abnormally warm winter and arid spring'

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© Trans-Baikal Volunteer Forest Firefighters
Wildfires in Siberia
People are flouting coronavirus lockdown and starting fires, warn officials.

Disturbing pictures and video shows the scale of wildfires engulfing Siberia and the Russian Far East after the winter snow melt.

With the government's focus on coronavirus, President Vladimir Putin called for vigilance over the annual challenge from forest and steppe fires worsening due to climate warming.

Emergencies Minister Evgeny Zinichev warned in a video conference with the president that a combination of factors now poses a threat to many regions of Russia.

Comment: Just to emphasize how warped the weather patterns have become, in Australia: Melbourne's wettest April since 1960, cold temperatures dropping to record levels

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Massive forest fire in Qingdao, China

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A massive wild forest fire causes devastation and causes citizens to leave in Qingdao, Shangdong, China.


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Wildfire ravages Poland's largest national park

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Some 6,000 hectares of Biebrza National Park in northeastern Poland were ablaze on Wednesday, as more than 120 firefighters rushed to extinguish the flames. Biebrza is home to 59,000 hectares of wetlands, wildlife such as moose, beavers, and unique species of birds, and hiking trails.

"It is impossible to calculate the loss. This is a tragedy, it cannot be described. We may have to fight this fire for months," park employee Janina Agnieszka Zach, told Polish broadcaster TVN.

Environment Minister Michal Wos said that the fire, which began burning on Sunday, was likely caused by illegal grass burning - a method sometimes employed to clear swaths of dead grass.