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A new wildfire in California grew to nearly 9,000 acres (3,700 hectares) on Friday, sending thousands of people fleeing and further stretching resources in a state struggling with a spate of wildfires this season.
Wildfires raged across California on Friday, destroying homes and forcing evacuations, as over 1,000 firefighters tackled flames in the southern part of the state alone.
Much of California was on high alert as wind-driven wildfires tore through the state's south, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and destroying multiple structures and homes.
Forest fires in Jambi, Indonesia, turn the sky red, making it look like Mars. The forests burn every year during the dry season, but this is the first time the sky turned red and the air quality is now too dangerous for people.
The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data shows, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming.
The Amazon rainforest is on fire; every minute, an area the size of a football pitch is being wiped out - a priceless resource under threat.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is willing to accept foreign aid for fighting fires devastating the Amazon rainforest, but only if the country controls the funds, his spokesperson said.
An animation collected by a NASA satellite show the release of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere from the Amazon fires from August 8-22, 2019.
Portuguese firefighters have been cautiously optimistic that they have largely controlled a massive wildfire in a central region where dozens of people were killed in huge blazes in 2017, but warned that strong winds could cause the remaining flames to spread.
Unseasonably warm and dry weather have fueled fires in Britain, with blazes at Ashdown Forest – made famous by the "Winnie the Pooh" books – as well as West Yorkshire's Saddleworth Moor and Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.
Californian officials are warning that "historic and extreme" wind conditions are set to fan raging wildfires in the north of the state, as millions of residents face power cuts.
California firefighters battled through the night to contain a fast-moving wildfire driven by high winds that was threatening to engulf thousands of buildings.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro says it was a lie that the Amazon was being devastated by fire and accused countries critical of him of having a "colonialist spirit".
Wildfires in Bolivia have razed more than four million hectares (10 million acres) of forest and grassland since August, an NGO warns, as a state of emergency spread to the country's northeast.
Wildfires in Bolivia have torched two million hectares of forest and grassland since August, including some environmentally protected areas, officials say.
As thousands of fires ravage the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest, some indigenous tribes are turning to prayer in a bid to halt the destruction and protect their environment for future generations.
Brazil rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of "his home and his colonies".
The Brazilian Amazon has experienced more than 74,000 fires this year, whereas last year's total was around 40,000.
Nevada emergency officials say they continue to fight a wildfire that has threatened about 100 homes near Reno. At last report, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District said the fire had burned about 3 square kilometr
Three Betty's Bay residents have narrowly escaped injury – or worse – with the help of photographer and filmmaker Justin Sullivan as a roaring fire ravaged the Overstrand area.
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