Catastrophic fires have killed three people and razed more than 150 homes since Friday, but cooler weather overnight provided a welcome reprieve for firefighters and residents.
The power outages planned to begin on Wednesday night could last for five days as the power company said it was shutting off power to 800,000 customers amid an unprecedented wildfire danger.
Indonesia is regularly hit by slash-and-burn clearances of forests for farms and palm oil plantations. Many of the blazes smoulder deep underground in peatlands, where they can last for months.
According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, every month so far in 2019 ranks among the four warmest on record for the month in question.
Hot, dry, windy conditions spread wildfires east of Melbourne, Australia. Presently there are 25 fires burning in the state and 15 of them are in eastern Victoria.
The state-wide death toll from both the Camp and Woolsey fires rose to at least 60 as the Camp Fire grew overnight from 5,000 acres to 135,000 acres.
Thousands of firefighters battle blazes in northern and southern California as body recovery teams search remains of houses and charred cars for victims of "deadliest" wildfire in California's history.
Some 14,000 firefighters are struggling in the midst of a sweltering summer to curb fires that have blackened an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.
Sweltering temperatures kindled blazes that have whipped across the region as the Europe-wide heatwave sent the mercury above 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some areas of Portugal at the weekend.
The fire sped flames through the Greek village of Mati without warning on July 23. A vast majority of victims died in the fire itself, though a number drowned in the sea while fleeing the flames.
The Thomas fire, already the US west coast state's fifth-largest wildland blaze on record, is still threatening Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito, according to fire officials.
Firefighters in Croatia and Montenegro have been struggling to contain wild fires along the Adriatic coast as their counterparts in Italy, France and Portugal have been battling major blazes.
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