Forest fires struck in more European countries than ever before. Last year, wildfires destroyed nearly 178,000 hectares of land across the continent. That’s according to a new report by the EU Commission, which says it’s having to spend more to protect our countryside.
Emergency services are on high alert and energy companies are planning wide-scale power outages to miminise the risk of sparking more fires.
As PG&E begins a second round of fire-safety power shutoffs, it warns a third, bigger blackout could be needed as soon as the weekend.
Wildfires are still raging in the Amazon rainforest. 12 million hectares have burnt so far, three times more than last year. In Bolivia, over 5,000 people are fighting the blaze, but it is still out of control. Euronews Aid Zone reporter Monica Pinna recently returned from the affected area.
A large fire broke out in the early hours of Thursday at a French factory in the northern port city of Rouen, local authorities said.
Indonesia and neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia are regularly hit by smoky haze from slash-and-burn clearances of forests for timber and palm oil plantations.
52 fire engines and crews, 171 firefighters in total, as well as nine groups of firemen on foot, two firefighting helicopters and four water-dropping helicopters assisted by 13 water-tanker trucks and digging machinery are battling the blaze.
The leaders of seven South American countries have met in the Amazon town of Leticia in Colombia to sign an agreement to better protect what is the world’s largest tropical forest.
Officials urged people in the danger zone to evacuate and warned residents of health risks from dust and smoke.
So far this year nearly 94,000 fires have been observed across Brazil with the majority recorded in the Amazon.
The EU is sending firefighters, drones and experts to help Bolivia fight forest fires
Fires continue to consume the normally lush Amazon, killing animals and leading to respiratory illnesses according to the leader of an indigenous group in Rondonia state.
These past few weeks, the world’s eyes have been set on the fires ravaging the Amazon forest in Brazil and Bolivia.
We spoke to an expert to find out whether we should be more concerned about the ecological impact in Africa than South America.
On the burned ground, dead animals are found and the others are running after a wildfire raged in the area
Peru and Colombia want Amazonian countries to meet on September 6 and find a solution to the fires ravaging the forest.
Thousands took to the streets in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to demand that more be done to battle the wildfires in Brazil that have swept through parts of the Amazon region.
Six states in the Amazon region of Brazil have asked the military for help to combat fires in the rainforest
A NASA scientist has contradicted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over his defiance concerning fires raging in the Amazon rainforest using satellite images to back up his position.
A wildfire that has raged across vast areas of the Spanish island of Gran Canaria since the weekend has abated as winds drop, local officials said Tuesday.
Around 2000 residents have been moved from their homes on Gran Canaria because of second forest fire within a week.
Amazon fires generate smoke cloud almost as big as devastating Siberia blaze
The smoke cloud extends to an area of 7 million sq km, while the EU is 4.476 million square kilometres.
A wildfire spread close to a National Park and to an area popular with holidaymakers on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria. 1,000 hectares have burned and forced for precaution the evacuation of local residents from their homes.
Siberia's wildfires are only getting bigger despite Russian airforce intervention, Greenpeace Russia warned this week.
A massive fire swept through a neighborhood in the Callo district of Lima, Peru in the early hours of Thursday (July 25) morning destroying some 200 homes according to a local fire official.