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Russia declares a state of emergency over Siberian wildfires

Russia has declared a state of emergency in five Siberian regions after wildfires engulfed an area of forest almost the size of Belgium amid record high temperatures as a result of the climate crisis.

So much of the Arctic is on fire, you can see it from space

Over 100 intense wildfires have ravaged the Arctic since June, with scientists describing the blazes as "unprecedented." The fires have been so intense and produced so much smoke they can be seen from space.

British Columbia's forestry sector fighting for survival

Quesnel - British Columbia's forest industry started out 2019 with several temporary closures of sawmills for between one and six weeks. Six months later, about 20 temporary (and a few permanent) closures are having a direct effect on employees and communities.

Wildfires and power cuts in Europe as heatwave breaks records

Hundreds of firefighters battled on Saturday to contain wildfires in southern France as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least three people in Italy.

Wildfires are causing chronic smoke exposure, premature death

Climate change means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across North America to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.

PG&E cuts power to thousands of Californians amid wildfire threat

Pacific Gas & Electric implemented a controversial practice of cutting power to selected portions of Northern California on Saturday to guard against wildfires as the weather turned very windy, dry and hot.

Scientists: Canada's wildfires are linked to the climate crisis

As another extreme fire season starts in Canada with more people on the run, scientists say they are already seeing signs that climate change is playing a role.

Fires burning out of control in Alberta linked to climate crisis

The Chuckegg Creek Fire in Northern Alberta has grown to 280,000 hectares (691,895 acres) and is just one of about 10 wildfires burning out of control in a region of the old-growth boreal forest.

The unseen impacts of climate change on mental health

Vancouver - Most of us recognize the connections between climate change and the severity of floods, hurricanes, wildfires and greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. But there has been little focus on climate change's impact on mental health.

Wildfires break out in Britain as temperatures hit record levels

Firefighters battled a series of wildfires in Britain on Wednesday, including a large moorland blaze outside the northern English city of Manchester, as the country experienced its warmest winter weather on record.

Erin Brockovich steps in to support California wildfire victims

Environmental and consumer rights activist Erin Brockovich has taken up the cause of California wildfire victims and is seeking compensation, once again, from Pacific Gas & Electric.

Op-Ed: Trump threatens to cut FEMA wildfire funds to California

President Donald Trump, unable to get his way on a wall on the Southern border, revived his criticism of California on Wednesday, insisting again the state has mismanaged forest management programs and allowed wildfires to rage.

California's largest utility considering filing for bankruptcy

PG&E shares fell 20 percent in after-hours trading Friday after it was reported the utility had been considering bankruptcy or selling off its natural gas division in a plan to cover liability costs and avoid bankruptcy.

New report shows damaging climate change impact on U.S.

A U.S. government report assesses how climate change is wreaking havoc across the US. In terms of the future, this signals further damaging wildfires, more storms of intense rain, and more coastal flooding at high tides.

Trump prompts #RakeAmericaGreatAgain hashtag on Twitter

The leader of Finland denied on Sunday that he’d ever told President Donald Trump that the small Nordic nation relies upon “raking” its forests to prevent wildfires.

James Woods turns Twitter feed into 'bulletin board' for fire aid

The unprecedented ferocity of California's wildfires has resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres, thousands of structures and the loss of many lives. Despite all this, the flame of human kindness is alive with the help of social media.

At least 44 people have died in destructive California wildfires

Fueled by blustery winds and parched vegetation, two massive fires burning in California both grew overnight, even as exhausted firefighters worked to extend containment lines. Today, the winds are expected to return.

Death toll jumps to 25 as California battles wildfires

Powerful winds are expected to sweep through California on Sunday, exacerbating three major fires that have killed at least 25 people, destroyed thousands of homes and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents.

It's not forest management that's making wildfires so dangerous

The ferocity of the wildfires on either end of California have never been seen before in the state's history. While hundreds of thousands of people have fled the flames and thousands of homes have been destroyed, don't blame it on poor forestry practices.

Trump tweets on Calif. wildfires? 'I may yank federal payments'

President Donald Trump early on Saturday said “gross mismanagement of forests” is to blame for two unchecked wildfires burning in California, where nine people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced to evacuate.

Power shut off in some parts of California over wildfire fears

Sacramento - Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) purposefully shut off electricity to nearly 60,000 customers Sunday night, in fear that predicted wind speeds could fuel another wildfire in Northern California.

Warning against 'drone watching' over wildfires

Flying drones has become a popular pastime among many, especially as the cost of entry-level drones has fallen. There's a time and a place, however, and flying drones over wildfires is likely to get the owner in trouble.

B.C. fires are the 'new normal' says Premier John Horgan

When wildfires get as ferocious as the ones ravaging Western Canada right now, firefighters can't do much more than letting them run their course, says a risk management expert. But what if this is now the "new normal?

Hard to breathe and hard to see — Pacific Northwest wildfires

Thick smoke from wildfires in the western United States and Canada have clogged the skies across western North America, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon and Colorado to British Columbia and Alberta.

Augmented reality software helping in battle against wildfires

As large swathes of California continue to be consumed by wildfires, some fire departments have turned to Augmented Reality to keep personnel in the field informed with real-time updates and information.

B.C. declares a provincial state of emergency due to wildfires

Vancouver - On Wednesday morning, he B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

Over 100 large wildfires blazing in U.S. as more fires erupt

Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States on Saturday, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, say fire officials.

Op-Ed: The world is seeing global warming 'up close and personal'

Catastrophic heat, wildfires, crop failures and deaths are just a very few of the events going on right now around the world - and climate scientists are warning if we do nothing - it is only going to get worse. Climate Change is no longer a debate.

Trump blames California wildfires on state's environmental laws

Always the climate denier, President Trump appeared on Sunday to place blame for massive wildfires in California on the state's environmental laws, including its water and forest management policies.

Low humidity and high winds fuel growth of California wildfires

Sacramento - Fire crews battling deadly Northern California wildfires Saturday braced for two days of windy, hot weather that could drive the flames into new areas and threaten more homes.
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The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this natur...
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this natural-color image on July 21, 2019. Note the distinct plumes stemming from fires on the right side of the image. Winds carried the smoke toward the southwest where you can see it mixing with a storm system.
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Image of the fire taken by NASA
Image of the fire taken by NASA
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Aerial operations in the  Okefenokee Refuge April 11  2017.
Aerial operations in the Okefenokee Refuge April 11, 2017.
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The ScanEagle was the UAS used on the Paradise fire in Olympic National Park.
The ScanEagle was the UAS used on the Paradise fire in Olympic National Park.
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Full of sap  red cedars act like a kerosene torch.
Full of sap, red cedars act like a kerosene torch.
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A resident looks at his phone as smoke from the southeast flank of the Cocos fire bears down on hous...
A resident looks at his phone as smoke from the southeast flank of the Cocos fire bears down on houses near Del Dios Highway on May 15, 2014 near San Marcos, California
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#CanyonFire [update] CA-91 & Cole Canyon  Anaheim (Orange Co) is at 2 000 acres and 5% contained. Un...
#CanyonFire [update] CA-91 & Cole Canyon, Anaheim (Orange Co) is at 2,000 acres and 5% contained. Unified Command
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The town of Middleton  California was nearly destroyed by  the valley Fire.
The town of Middleton, California was nearly destroyed by the valley Fire.
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NASA Earth-observing satellites captured this image of the west coast of the United States showing t...
NASA Earth-observing satellites captured this image of the west coast of the United States showing the breadth of the fire issues plaguing that are of the country. Image dated July 27, 2018.
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A number of homes have already been confi rmed to have been destroyed in the wildfires. The total nu...
A number of homes have already been confi rmed to have been destroyed in the wildfires. The total number of people evacuated is still not known.
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Firefighters hooking up a pump truck to a nearby fire hydrant to continue to battle the flames.
Firefighters hooking up a pump truck to a nearby fire hydrant to continue to battle the flames.
The Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties is still uncontained.
The Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties is still uncontained.
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Location of the major fires in Alaska.
Location of the major fires in Alaska.
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Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso  Chile.
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile.
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