Firefighters are close to getting the inferno under control, top official in Pakistan’s port city says.
Italy saw temperatures in places upwards of 40°C, and Rome broiled. By late afternoon Friday, the heat in Florence reached 39°C. That city and Bologna also were issued alerts for Saturday by the health ministry.
Photographs posted on social media show huge walls of flame and billowing clouds of smoke towering over villages in the forested hills in Algeria, becoming the latest Mediterranean country to be hit by wildfires.
The Dixie Fire has ravaged 446,723 acres in four counties, up from the previous day's 434,813. That area is larger than Los Angeles, and has surpassed the sweep of the vast Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon.
Thousands of residents and vacationers in areas where fires broke out days ago have fled by land and by sea as firefighters and volunteers battled through the night.
A long-term drought that scientists say is driven by climate change has left the western United States parched and vulnerable to explosive and highly destructive fires.
This year’s fires have torn through 4.2 million hectares of Yakutia’s swampy coniferous taiga, sending enormous plumes of smoke as far as the North Pole.
Fanned by soaring temperatures and strong winds, this year's fire season has been significantly more destructive than the previous average.
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli says a total of 125 fires have erupted since July 28 and 117 of them have been contained.
President Erdogan thanked Russian counterpart Putin for Russia's allocation of five firefighting aircraft and three more helicopters for supporting Turkey's fight against forest fires across the country, according to a statement.
At least four dead and scores injured as firefighters, planes and helicopters try to douse multiple blazes amid suspicions of arson.
The smoke on the US East Coast was reminiscent of last fall when multiple large fires burning in Oregon in the state's worst fire season in recent memory choked the local skies with smoke.
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