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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.
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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

And for more, check out SOTT radio's: As well as SOTTs monthly documentary Earth Changes Summary - March 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs:




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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.


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Chernobyl forest wildfire seen from space as radiation spikes

A wildfire burning in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, as imaged on April 5, 2020, by the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite
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A wildfire burning in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, as imaged on April 5, 2020, by the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite.
The forest near the old Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is burning, and the effects are visible from space.

The Suomi NPP satellite, a joint project of NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), captured a photo Sunday (April 5) of the human-caused wildfire burning in Ukraine's Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Radiation counts near the fire have registered 2.3 microsievert per hour, a spike from the typical 0.14 μSv/h, according to Live Science.

"At this point, the fire is about 250 acres (100 hectares)," NASA officials wrote in an image description. "Actively burning fires, detected by thermal bands, are shown as red points."


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Volcanoes, earthquakes, storms, floods and wildfires in March 2020

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The best weather videos of March 2020, including videos from:

Nashville, Tennessee
Mt Merapi, Indonesia
Cariacica, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Snaith, Yorkshire, England
Republic of Ireland
Esquel, Argentina
Mann, California
Charleston, South Carolina

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Environmental disasters across the world in March 2020

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At least 42 people die in floods, landslides caused by heavy rains in southeast of Brazil

The third month of 2020 saw numerous environmental disasters that impaired climate change and vice versa, including a deadly tornado in the U.S., landslide in Brazil and heavy rains in Pakistan.

Here is a look at the global environmental disasters during the previous month.

March 3:

- At least 19 people die in the U.S. state of Tennessee as a result of a heavy tornado that also causes major damage to buildings, roads, bridges, utilities, and businesses.

- Some 900 people are displaced after flash flood destroys houses in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

March 4:

- Hundreds of people are either displaced or left isolated after floods in northern parts of Namibia, according to local media reports.