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Brazil wildfires surge again in 2020

Rio De Janeiro - The number of wildfires in Brazil increased 12.7 percent last year to a decade-high, according to official figures likely to add to pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro's government over the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Fires spike in Brazil's Amazon, scientists say

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in Brazil's Amazon increased sharply in September, figures released Thursday show, fueling growing criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

Fires spike in Brazil's Amazon, scientists say

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in Brazil's Amazon increased sharply in September, figures released Thursday show, fueling growing criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

Fire damage to US wine region laid bare as latest death confirmed

Calistoga - The scale of wildfire devastation to Napa's world-famous wine region was laid bare Wednesday as firefighters reported minor progress battling the flames and a separate California blaze claimed its latest victim.

California wine country faces long battle as fire explodes

Calistoga - Two California wildfires that ravaged Napa's famous wine region and killed three people exploded in size Tuesday as firefighters faced a weeks-long battle to contain the blazes.

Tens of thousands flee wildfires roaring through California wine regions

Santa Rosa - Tens of thousands of Californians fled their homes in the Napa and Sonoma wine regions in the face of wildfires, emergency officials said, as a new blaze in the north of the state killed three people.

Race to rescue animals as Brazilian wetlands burn

Matupa - Wildlife guide Eduarda Fernandes steers a speedboat up the Piquiri river in western Brazil, scanning the horizon for jaguars wounded in the wildfires ripping through the Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands.

California braces for high winds that could propel deadly wildfires

Los Angeles - California faces more devastation from wildfires that have ravaged the West Coast, authorities warned Wednesday, with strong winds and dry heat expected to whip up flames from dozens of blazes raging across the state.

Smoke from US fires reaches Europe, satellite data shows

Paris - Smoke from the fires devastating swathes of the US West Coast has reached as far as Europe, the European Union's climate monitoring service said Wednesday in its assessment of the "unprecedented" blazes.

Trump predicts climate to cool down in wildfires briefing

Sacramento - President Donald Trump on Monday suggested global warming will reverse itself and dismissed climate change as a cause of ferocious fires engulfing swaths of the US West during a briefing with local officials in California.

Trump dismisses climate concerns as he visits fire-ravaged western US

Mcclellan - President Donald Trump suggested global warming will reverse itself and dismissed climate change as a cause of the ferocious fires engulfing the west of the United States.

California teen learns to drive while escaping wildfire

Clovis - Fourteen-year-old Ruben Navarrete learned how to drive the hard way -- heading down a steep narrow road at night with giant flames leaping behind him.No room for mistakes. Just focus, ignore the blaze and the steep cliff on the side of the road.

Sixteen dead, 500,000 evacuated as western US burns out of control

Fresno - More than 20,000 firefighters from across the United States on Friday battled sprawling deadly wildfires up and down the West Coast -- a wave of infernos that have forced more than half a million people to flee their homes.

Why are Brazil's wetlands engulfed in flames?

Rio De Janeiro - The Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands, is burning at record-shattering pace this year as drought-fueled fires devastate its vegetation and celebrated wildlife in an environmental catastrophe.

US towns destroyed as firefighters battle wildfires under orange skies

Clovis - Entire communities have been razed by wildfires raging in the western United States, with officials warning of potential mass deaths under apocalyptic orange skies.

Brazil wetland fires threaten jaguar reserve

Rio De Janeiro - Fires raging in the Pantanal, the biggest tropical wetlands on Earth, are threatening a nature reserve known as the home to the world's largest jaguar population, Brazilian authorities said Tuesday.

Fire crews make progress battling historic California blazes

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters made small progress on Monday as they battled to contain historic wildfires in California, with potentially dangerous lighting storms proving milder than expected and temperatures easing.

California fires force thousands to flee as more blazes feared

Los Angeles - Some of California's largest-ever fires are raging across the state, forcing tens of thousands from their homes as forecasters warned of further blazes sparked by lightning.

More evacuations as massive fires rapidly expand in California

Los Angeles - A series of massive fires in northern and central California forced more evacuations as they quickly spread Thursday, darkening the skies and dangerously affecting air quality.

Thousands flee as fast-moving wildfires spread in California

Los Angeles - Thousands of people fled their homes in northern California on Wednesday as hundreds of fast-moving wildfires spread across the region, burning houses and leading to the death of a helicopter pilot.

As Amazon burns, farmers defend lighting fires to clear land

Terra Nova - It takes a little over half an hour for the flames to devour Pedro Gomes's field at the edge of the Amazon rainforest, clearing the land for him to plant crops.

Brazilian Amazon fires surge in July

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed Saturday, fueling fears the world's biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year.

Brazilian Amazon fires surge in July

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed Saturday, fueling fears the world's biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year.

Brazil's Pantanal wetlands hit by record fires in July

Bras - The Pantanal, the largest tropical wetlands in the world, suffered a record number of fires in July, according to satellite data, prompting the Brazilian government to deploy the army to fight them.

Bolivia NGO warns of increase in forest fires

La Paz - Environmentalists in Bolivia warned Thursday of a marked increase in forest fires this year that threaten a repeat of the environmental disaster that ravaged much of the Amazon in 2019.

Bushfires burned a fifth of Australia's forest: study

Paris - Australia's wildfires have destroyed more than a fifth of the country's forests, making the blazes "globally unprecedented" following a years-long drought linked to climate change, researchers said Monday.

Tennis and cricket stars rally behind Australia bushfire relief

Sydney - Tennis and cricket stars spearheaded by Nick Kyrgios and Chris Lynn on Friday pledged support for victims of bushfires raging around Australia, donating cash for every ace or six they hit.

Teams make progress against latest major California blaze

Los Angeles - Firefighters in California made progress Saturday containing a sizable new blaze in the southern part of the state as they continued to battle a much larger fire in the north.

California braces for powerful winds that could feed fires

Los Angeles - California braced on Tuesday for the most powerful winds this season that threaten to spread destructive fires raging in the state and could spark new blazes.

Rain puts out some of Bolivia's wildfires

La Paz - Heavy rain that has drenched eastern Bolivia's Chiquitania tropical savanna has put out fires that have ravaged millions of hectares in recent months, authorities said Sunday."It has rained all across Chiquitania.
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