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Wildfire in Spring Creek, Colorado burns over 94,000 acres - 3rd largest in state history

This photo, taken on June 27 around 8 p.m., show the beginning of the Spring Fire.
© Costilla County Sheriff's Office
This photo, taken on June 27 around 8 p.m., show the beginning of the Spring Fire.
The Spring Fire burning in southern Colorado continued to explode in size as acreage reached 94,125 as of Wednesday morning, according to fire officials. This makes it the third largest wildfire in state history after the Hayman Fire in 2002 and the West Fork Fire complex (technically three separate fires that merged) in 2013.

986 people are fighting the fire, which is 5 percent contained. Crews are dealing with hot, dry and windy weather conditions.

A tweet posted by officials posted Monday night said that 104 homes have been destroyed by the fire and 61 are intact.


Two more fires hit north-west England during heatwave

Major fire on the dunes at St Annes.
© @elliotscarwash
Major fire on the dunes at St Annes.
Fire are now damping down after spending all afternoon battling a large grass fire in the sand dunes on the Fylde coast. The blaze was in the dunes in St Annes, with thick smoke blowing along the seafront and over roads.

Major blaze in the sand dunes at St Annes Major blaze in the sand dunes at St Annes

Five fire crews were called to deal with the blaze, which damaged a large area of grassland within the nature reserve. Police have closed Clifton Drive north in both directions and appealed for people to stay away from the area. A spokesman for Lancashire fire and rescue said: "We had five fire engines at a grass fire on Clifton Drive in Lytham St Anne's.

"We're now damping down, but if you're close by, please keep your windows and doors closed."

Comment: The ground does appear parched and restrictions of water use - the 'hose pipe ban' - have been implemented in the UK as a heatwave strikes the UK. What is curious is that this area has not seen so many fires, some of them are exceptionally large, and in such a short time.


New fire erupts in different area of UK's moorlands, second in recent days, smoke seen for miles

moorland fire
© Twitter: Mikey Dee
Winter Hill
Around 60 firefighters and 15 fire engines from Lancashire and Manchester fire services have been scrambled to Winter Hill to tackle another fire on Rivington Moor. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) got the call around 4pm of smoke coming from the Winter Hill area - with the plume visible for more than 20 miles in Preston, Wigan, and Manchester.

With the Hill being on the border between both Lancashire and Greater Manchester, fire crews from both services were called to the scene.

John Taylor from LFRS said: "We are going up to 15 fire engines and their crews. It's a 50/50 mix of Greater Manchester and Lancashire services. "We're trying to get as much water on to the fire as possible. I am stood by the mast [at Winter Hill] and the fire isn't endangering that.

Comment: Fires of this intensity and so early on in the year is not a particularly common occurrance, so for two to happen in one week is even stranger. And it was only a few weeks ago that there were fires in the Scottish highlands, in three separate locations. Whilst it is true the UK has had unusually warm weather in recent weeks, winter and much of spring were particularly brutal in terms of cold and rain. So just what is going on?


Alberta wildfire more than triples in size overnight

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© David Robson
A wildfire about 15 kilometres southeast of Hinton, Alta., is burning out of control.
Air tankers, helicopters used in fight against fire that has grown to 1,250 hectares

A wildfire burning out of control near Hinton, Alta., has more than tripled in size in less than a day, fire officials said Thursday.

The fire, about 15 kilometres southeast of the town of Hinton, now covers 1250 hectares, up from the 900 hectares reported earlier Thursday, and the 350 hectares reported Wednesday evening, said wildfire officials.

"This morning there's a bit of an inversion which makes it difficult to get a more recent size assessment, so it could be slightly larger than that," said wildfire information officer Travis Fairweather

An inversion is when a lot of smoke at the head of the fire creates difficult flying conditions for those assessing the fire, he explained.


'Biggest fire in living memory': Moorland blaze reignites and rages for days in Saddleworth, UK

moor fire
© Anthony Devlin/Getty Images
The fire on Tuesday night was accompanied by a dramatic full moon
Firefighters are continuing to battle a huge moorland fire which is continuing to spread, as more than 50 homes have been evacuated.

The blaze on Saddleworth Moor, which measures 3.7miles (6km), has been raging since Sunday night.

Firefighters are working in "tremendously difficult conditions" to contain the "major incident".

The homes in Carrbrook, near Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, were evacuated on Tuesday night.

Matt Lomas, 76, who was evacuated with his wife, daughter and eight-month-old granddaughter Isla, said: "It was horrendous."

"We could see flames 50 feet high like raging ball of fire all on the hill side.

"It was really scary - we were really worried the smoke would hurt Isla so we had to get out."

Comment: The fire is certainly quite curious because the UK has seen similarly hot temperatures before, and it wasn't long ago that the UK - much of Europe and, actually, the northern hemisphere - was suffering a particularly cold and wet spring. Moreover, the fires resemble those which recently broke out in Scotland: Firefighters battle for second day three large wildfires which broke out in different areas of Scotland's west coast

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Forest-wide closure ordered in Colorado as firefighters battle raging wildfires

durango colorado forest fire june 2018
Authorities have issued a forest-wide closure order in Colorado, warning residents and ramblers to stay out of the forest while the threat of wildfires remain high.

Firefighters are braced for more dry weather as they battle to put out raging wildfires in the Centennial State.

A number of fires have plagued parts of Durango and local authorities warning that parched conditions in the area look set to continue. The area bordering New Mexico is known for its acres of natural parks and forests.


Major wildfire sweeping through Chernobyl nuclear disaster area, up to 24 acres in flames

wildfire chernobyl june 2018
© www.dsns.gov.ua
A major wildfire is sweeping through the Chernobyl nuclear disaster area. The authorities have deployed dozens of fire trucks as firefighting aircraft bombard the radioactive exclusion zone with massive amounts of water.

The fire inside the Chernobyl 'dead zone,' which is now part of Ukraine, started on Tuesday morning, when dry grass was ignited, local emergency services said in a statement. The wildfire subsequently reached a forest, where up to 10 hectares (24 acres) are now in flames.

Some 29 vehicles and 126 personnel have been dispatched at the scene, with several planes and helicopters dropping water from the sky on the area engulfed by wildfire.


Wildfires sweep through Colorado and New Mexico; hundreds of acres ablaze

Ute Park Fire

Teachers cook for first responders on the scene of the Ute Park Fire in New Mexico.
Massive wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico have torched thousands of acres and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. A blaze known as the 416 Fire in Colorado's La Plata County has burned 1,100 acres, US Forest Service spokesman Jim Mackensen told CNN on Saturday.

The fire, about 15 miles outside the town of Durango, is 0% contained and has forced the evacuations of 1,500 residents, Mackensen said. No structures have been destroyed, he added.

By Friday evening, the blaze had prompted La Plata County Manager Joanne Spina to declare a state of local disaster.Grass, brush and timber continued to fuel the fire on Saturday morning.

The fire broke out on the west side of US 550, according to a Forest Service update posted on InciWeb, a government-operated multiagency fire response site. That highway is closed as firefighters work to prevent the fire from crossing it.


Firefighters battle for second day three large wildfires which broke out in different areas of Scotland's west coast

wildfires scotland May 2018
More than 1,000 properties in the Highlands were without power yesterday after a wildfire damaged the Lochcarron substation.

The loss of power to hundreds of homes and businesses in the north west of the region happened on one of the busiest bank holiday weekends of the year.

Proprietors of hotels and restaurants were unable to provide food for their guests as SSE scrambled to reconnect them to the grid.

The areas affected were Torridon, Diabeig, Shieldaig, Alligin, Kishorn, Strathcarron and Applecross.

wildfires scotland

Luke Bowers @ ‎Raging Skies UK: fires at strathcarron & at Torridon & Skye seen from space You make out the trails.

It seems rather early for wildfires especially considering the UK was just recovering from a particularly brutal winter, and southern England along much of Europe are experiencing unseasonable lightning storms, hail and flooding:


23,700 square miles of forest on fire in Russia

The track is in sprawling Amur region, an area in the far eastern part of Russia and is surrounded by fire

The track is in sprawling Amur region, an area in the far eastern part of Russia and is surrounded by fire
A shocking video shows how a train in Russia was forced to go through a raging wildfire as flames licked its sides.

The driver launched a foul-mouthed tirade as he realised the scale of the inferno close to the remote Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM), an offshoot of the Trans-Siberian railway.

Some areas of Siberia are facing catastrophic wildfires - with one city Komsomolsk-on-Amur under siege from flames and choking smoke.