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State of Emergency Extended in BC amid Raging Wildfires

Posted by feww on August 19, 2017

British Columbia Experiencing the Most Destructive Fire Season Ever Recorded

A state of emergency has been extended in the Canadian Province of British Columbia (BC) for a third time until Sept. 1 because of the raging wildfires across the region, authorities said.

Some 1,031 fires have blackened at least 909,213 hectares (2.25 million acres) of land so far this year, making it the most destructive fire season since records began 67 years ago.

About 150 fires are currently burning across the Canadian province, with about 4,500 people still under evacuation orders, and more than 22,000 on evacuation alert.

Some 4,512 fires have consumed 2,576,415 hectares across Canada so far this year, NIFC reported.


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Large Wildfires Burning Across Nine U.S. States

Posted by feww on August 18, 2017

US Wildfires Burn 590,592 Acres

National Preparedness Level: 5
[Friday, August 18, 2017 –05:30 MT]

Active Incident Resource Summary

No of Fires: 106
Cumulative Acres: 590,592
Crews: 487
Engines: 899
Helicopters: 172
Total Personnel: 19,761

TOTAL ACRES: 6,371,233

Ten Year Average Fires (2007 – 2016 as of today): 46,311
Ten Year Average Acres (2007 – 2016 as of today): 4,735,053

States Currently Reporting Large Fires: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Source: NIFC


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Wildfires in Montana and Oregon Force Mass Evacuations

Posted by feww on August 18, 2017

U.S. National Fire Preparedness Remains at Maximum Level 5

Lolo Peak Fire, Montana

Current as of 8/18/2017, 1:43:36 PM [Inciweb]
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning/natural
Date of Origin: Saturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 02:34 PM
Location: 10 miles southwest of Lolo, Montana
Incident Description: Lolo Peak Fire Is A Long Duration Wildfire With The Potential To Reach The Corridors Of Highway 12 And Highway 93.

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 603
Size: 18,896 Acres

Projected Incident Activity: Very active fire behavior. Backing, flanking, and running fire with single tree and group torching, short uphill crown runs. Potential for multiple active areas at a time. [Up to 750 homes evacuated, according to reports.]

The Milli Fire, Oregon

A large wildfire threatened 434 structures, prompting authorities to advise about 1,200 residents to stand by for possible evacuation.

The Milli Fire, located west of the Deschutes County community, is approximately 4,565 acres and 0% contained, Inciweb reported.

Wildfire: Current as of 8/18/2017, 3:02:51 PM
Cause: Unknown
Date of Origin: Tuesday August 15th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location: 9 miles west of Sisters OR (in Three Sisters Wilderness)

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 250
Size: 4,565 Acres
Narrative: Extreme fire behavior, and has grown significantly in the last 24 hours. Active fire front on Trout Creek Butte with short-range spotting. Crews had to initiate burnout operations along 15 road as holding feature.

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State of Emergency Declared on Greek Island of Zante amid Massive Wildfires

Posted by feww on August 17, 2017

“It’s arson according to an organized plan… There is no doubt about it” — Justice Minister

State of emergency was declared after more than a dozen blazes had raged on the popular tourist island of Zante, also known as Zakynthos, for four days.

“It’s arson according to an organized plan […] There is no doubt about it,” said the Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis, who is  the member of parliament for Zakynthos.

Elsewhere, a massive wildfire near Athens has also been burning for several days, consuming thousands of hectares of brush in steep terrain.

The blaze started in Kalamos, a coastal town about some 45 km NE of the capital, and rapidly spread to three other towns, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency in the area.

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Deadly Wildfires Continue to Ravage Southern Europe

Posted by feww on July 27, 2017

Southern Europe Fire Danger Map

Source: Copernicus – Emergency Management Service
From: 20 Jul 2017 To: 27 Jul 2017

  • Details of regional forecast issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team are available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Large Fires Burning Across 15 US States

Posted by feww on July 12, 2017

National Preparedness Raised to Level 4  (Scale of 1 to 5)

Total fires: 175 new fires
Cumulative Acres: 1,040,056
Fire Crews: 359
Engines: 1,180
Helicopters: 114
Personnel: 16,082

Number of Active Large Fires: 56

States currently reporting large fires:  15

Alaska (1), Arizona (10), California (9), Colorado (6), Florida (1), Idaho (2), Montana (7), Nevada (9), New Mexico (1), North Dakota (1), Oregon (3), Texas (1), Utah (3), Washington (1) and Wyoming (1).

Fires and Acres Year-to-Date

  • TOTAL FIRES: 33,430
  • TOTAL ACRES: 3,760,090

Ten Year Average (2007 – 2016, as of today): 36,288 Fires; 2,792,16 acres

Prescribed Fires and Acres Year-to-Date

  • TOTAL FIRES: 61,118
  • TOTAL ACRES:  2,873,85

Canada Fires and Hectares YEAR-TO-DATE

Hectares: 341,314  (1 Hectare = 2.47 Acres)

Source: NIFC

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Fire-Ravaged Areas of B.C. Look Like Alien Landscape

Posted by feww on July 11, 2017

Evacuation orders issued in multiple communities, 14,000+ residents displaced

“Wide swaths of forest in British Columbia’s Interior are burning after a lightning storm Friday afternoon ignited brush parched from weeks of hot, dry weather.”

The Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast regions of the province have been under extreme fire danger for the past two weeks, and hot, dry conditions — including temperatures up to 39 C — led to a highly combustible environment.

The entire towns of 100 Mile House and Cache Creek have been evacuated and the City of Williams Lake, with over 10,000 residents, is on evacuation alert as of early morning on Tuesday.

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State of Emergency Declared in British Columbia as Wildfires Burn Uncontrollably

Posted by feww on July 8, 2017

B.C. wildfires burning uncontrollably fulled by hot, dry weather, thunderstorms

Lightning sparked about 140 wildfires across the western Canadian province of British Columbia prompting the evacuation of an entire town and hundreds more homes throughout the region, forcing the closure of at least one airport (Cariboo Regional District) and the hospital in the town of Ashcroft, said a report.

“​The extended weather forecast is calling for continued hot, dry weather, with risks of thunderstorms in many parts of the province,” officials said in a statement.

One of the largest fires near Ashcroft, about 120 km west of Kamloops, exploded from 50 hectares to more than 4,000 hectares on Friday.

Near 100 Mile House, about 100 km southeast of Williams Lake, a 1,800-hectare blaze has forced up to 4,000 people to flee their homes.



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US Forest Fire Stats – 070501

Posted by feww on July 5, 2017

Second Largest acres Burned – Year-to-Date

Number of new large fires: 12
Number of active large fires: 30
Total number includes full suppression and resource managed fires. Total does not include individual fires within complexes.

14 States Currently Reporting Large Fires

Alaska (1)
Arizona (7)
California (4)
Colorado (3)
Idaho (1)
Louisiana (1)
Montana (1)
Nevada (3)
New Mexico (1)
Oregon (1)
South Dakota (1)
Utah (3)
Washington (2)
Wyoming (1)

Year-to-date statistics – 2017 (1/1/17 – 7/5/17)
Fires: 30,998
Acres: 3,052,692

Ten Year Average Fires (2007–2016 as of today): 34,352
Ten Year Average Acres (2007–2016 as of today): 2,304,411

Previous Record set in  2011 (1/1/11 – 7/4/11)
Fires: 37,326
Acres: 4,876,747

Prescribed Fires and Acres Year-to-Date
TOTAL ACRES: 2,865,679

Canada Fires and Hectares
HECTARES YEAR-TO-DATE: 195,070 (x 2.47 for acres)

Source: NIFC

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US National Debt and Wildfire Stats

Posted by feww on June 29, 2017

National Debt of United States, as at Thursday, 29 June 2017, 17:22 UTC:

$ 19,892,741,305,482

Interest per Year: $442,565,594,766
Interest per Second: $14,034
Debt as % of GDP: 106.52%
GDP: $18,675,300,000,000
Population: 324,352,551
Debt per Citizen: $61,331

US Wildfire Stats

National Preparedness Level 3 (June 28 at 2:00 pm MDT – on a scale from 1 to 5)

June 29, 2017. The National Multi-agency Coordinating Group at NIFC raised the national preparedness level to PL3 yesterday due to an increase in large fire activity, incident management team mobilizations, and resources commitments in multiple geographic areas.

Nine new large fires were reported. Arizona, California, Washington, New Mexico, Idaho and Nevada all have multiple large fires. Several of them are threatening homes and officials have evacuated residents. More than 8,400 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires across the country.

Daily statistics 6/29/17
Number of new large fires: 9
Number of active large fires: 29
Total number includes full suppression and resource managed fires.
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.

Acres from active fires: 207,345

11 States currently reporting large fires:
Alaska (1)
Arizona (5)
California (5)
Florida (1)
Idaho (3)
New Mexico (4)
Nevada (3)
Oregon (1)
Texas (1)
Utah (1)
Washington (4)

Year-to-date statistics 2017 (1/1/17 – 6/29/17)
Fires: 29,613
Acres: 2,768,931

Annual average prior 10 years [2006-2016]
Fires: 31,998
Acres: 1,966,971


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Utah Wildfire, US Fire Stats

Posted by feww on June 28, 2017

Utah wildfire consumes 50k acres, destroys 22 structures, forces evacuation of 1,500 people

An uncontrolled wildfire [Utah Brian Head Fire, FM-5185] has destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 residents in southwestern Utah.

The ferocious blaze, burning since June 17, has consumed more than 50,000 acres near the ski resort town of Brian Head, about 50km northeast of Zion National Park, Utah. [U.S. Forest Service]

Daily Fire Statistics June 27, 2017

  • Number of new large fires: 10
  • Number of active large fires: 21
    [Total number includes full suppression and resource managed fires.
    Total does not include individual fires within complexes.]
  • Acres from active fires: 150,521

States currently reporting large fires:
Arizona (3)
California (4)
Florida (1)
Idaho (5)
New Mexico (3)
Oregon (2)
Utah (3)

Year-to-date statistics – 2017 (1/1/17 – 6/27/17)

  • Fires: 28,783
  • Acres: 2,686,884

Annual average prior 10 years – 2006-2016

  • Fires: 31,477
  • Acres: 1,806,663


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State of Emergency Declared in Arizona

Posted by feww on June 24, 2017

Emergency declared in response to multiple wildfires burning in Arizona

Ariz. Governor Declares State Of Emergency, Calls For Additional Resources To Fight Wildfires

In response to increased wildfire activity around Arizona, the governor has declared a state of emergency and directed additional resources be made available for the state’s wildfire suppression efforts. Since April 2017, Arizona has experienced more than one dozen large wildfires, aided by high temperatures, winds, and available fuels, said an official statement.

Arizona has experienced at least 12 large wildfires since April including Lizard Fire (16,000 acres) burning 25km east of Benson, the Boundary Fire burning on Kendrick Mountain northwest of Flagstaff (12,000 acres) and the Encino Fire burning in Sonoita 80km southwest of Tucson(1,500 acres, destroying six homes, and prompting mass evacuation orders).

Arizona Declares Statewide Health Emergency In Opioid Epidemic

Arizona Governor signed an emergency declaration on June 5 to address the growing number of opioid deaths in our state.

Data from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows in 2016, 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdoses — an average of more than two people per day. The trend shows an alarming increase of 74 percent over the past four years. Today’s declaration by the governor directs the Arizona Department of Health Services to rapidly respond to this public health emergency.

“As the number of opioid overdoses and deaths increase at an alarming rate, we must take action. It’s time to call this what it is — an emergency,” said Governor Ducey. “Most of us know someone impacted by substance abuse — our family, our friends, our neighbors. Our hearts ache for them, but that isn’t enough. We must do more. I’m declaring a statewide health emergency because we need to know more about the epidemic, including enhanced data that illustrates when and where these overdoses occur so that we can develop real, targeted solutions.”

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Disaster Declared amid Deadly Wildfires in South Africa

Posted by feww on June 10, 2017

Thousands flee their homes as Knysna declared a disaster area

Wildfires in the South Africa’s Western Cape town of Knysna are causing large-scale destruction, leaving about 10,000 about thousands of people displaced.

Uncontrolled wildfires have destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes, dozens of schools and scores of businesses, reports say.

At least ten people have been killed by the raging blazes that have also consumed several hectares of veld (grassland). said a report.

Winds of up to 110km/h were reportedly fanning the blazes.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster area last month, as “the most crippling drought in century” plagued the province.

Dam levels in the Cape area fell to an alarmingly low of 19%, with only 11.6% usable.

In 2015, South Africa experienced its driest year on record, according to the national weather service.

In 2016, Authorities declared drought disaster in five South African provinces—Limpopo, North West, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga—as worst drought on record continued to plague much of the country.

Drought decimated the nation’s agricultural output, killing livestock, pushing up food prices and increasing unemployment.



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Florida Wildfire Threatens Thousands of Homes, Forces Mass Evacuation

Posted by feww on April 22, 2017

Large wildfire in SW Florida threatens 2,000 homes

A large wildfire in southwest Florida is threatening more than 2,000 homes, prompting mass evacuation.

The blaze has already consumed about 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) and at least two dozen homes and other structures in Collier County, forcing residents in several areas to flee their homes and prompting the governor to deploy National Guards.

“These wildfires are dangerous and if you’re within the evacuation area, do not stay in your home,” said Florida governor.

A spate of wildfires that have plagued the drought-stricken Sunshine State since late March prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency last week.

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State of Emergency Declared in Florida amid Intense Wildfires

Posted by feww on April 11, 2017

107 wildfires burning over 23,000 acres across Florida

Florida governor has declared a state of emergency following intense wildfires that have burned thousands of acres across the Sunshine State.

  • Wildfires are currently burning in Polk, Hernando, Broward, Nassau, Pasco, Mario, Glades and Collier counties.
  • Some 107 wildfires burning 23,000 acres across the state, as of April 11, the Florida Forest Service reported.
  • Wildfires have consumed 68,000 acres across the state, since February, an amount is higher than the average acreage charred over the past five years.
  • Wildfires have consumed 250 percent more acreage January – March than during the same period last year.

Moderate to severe drought conditions are expanding across Central and South Florida, while abnormally dry conditions exist across NE Florida, reported the U.S. Drought Monitor, with the dry conditions forecast to worsen over the coming weeks.

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Deadly Wildfires Consume 2 Million Acres in 4 States

Posted by feww on March 10, 2017

Massive wildfires destroy tens of thousands of cattle, other farm animals in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas

  • At least 6 people have been killed and six others injured as fires engulfed multiple ranches destroying or damaging dozens of properties.
  • Significant cattle losses have been reported in the disaster zone.
  • Red-flag warnings are in effect across parts of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska due to critical wildfire conditions, the National Weather Service reported.


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‘A Nightmare Without An End’

Posted by feww on January 28, 2017

Fatal Fires Consume Thousands of Homes in Chile

  • Up to 4,000 km² of forest and agricultural land and scores of farm animals have been consumed by the wildfires since November.
  • The regions of O’Higgins and Maule, Bio Bio, Araucania and Los Lagos are among the most devastated areas.
  • More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in the city of Santa Olga, located about 360 km south of the capital, Santiago, forcing more than 6,000 residents to flee.
  • About 4,500 fire crews are currently deployed to extinguish the wildfires.
  • At least a dozen people, mostly fire crews and policemen, have lost their lives.
  • “States of catastrophe” have been declared in regions of O’Higgins and El Maule.
  • The authorities have reported about 3,000 fires in the drought-stricken regions since July, with more blazes forecast amid high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity.
  • Dozens of blazes continue burning uncontrollably.
  • The forest fires are said to be the worst in living memory to hit Chile.
  • “This is an extremely serious situation—of horror, a nightmare without an end,” Carlos Valenzuela, the mayor of the coastal city of Constitucion told DW. “Everything’s burned.”


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States of Emergency Declared in Chile amid Major Wildfires

Posted by feww on January 21, 2017

Wildfires plague drought-stricken Chile

Chile has declared a “state of disaster” due to the latest round of wildfires in the drought-stricken provinces of Cardenal Caro and Colchagua, which are also under “agricultural emergency.”

  • Wildfires threaten vineyards and wineries in Colchagua Valley, which have been placed on red alert.
  • The worst affected areas are Malloa, Marchigüe, Palmilla, Peralillo, Pumanque, Rengo and Santa Cruz.
  • More than a dozen blazes have spread across over 135,000 of hectares, according to local news.
  • Fire is spreading at a speeds of up to 4,200 meters per hour.
  • Smoke and ash are affecting the Chilean capital and largest city, Santiago.

Additional details are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Wildfires in Chile

Posted by feww on January 3, 2017

  • CJ Members
  • EAC
  • OC Teams

Wildfires destroy or threaten hundreds of homes in Valparaiso, Chile

  • Details are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Deadly Wildfires Force Mass Evacuation in TN

Posted by feww on November 30, 2016

US Wildfires Consume Forest, Damage or Destroy Hundreds of Buildings, Force Mass Evacuation in Tennessee

  • Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.


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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Wildfires Force Mass Evacuations in Haifa, Israel

Posted by feww on November 24, 2016

Tens of Thousands of People Flee Raging Wildfires in Haifa

  • Some 50,000 of Haifa’s residents have abandoned their homes.
  • Fires are also threatening homes in the West Bank and near Jerusalem.
  • Fire has destroyed/damaged homes and vehicles in the city of Modi’in.
  • Evacuations are also underway in the occupied West Bank.


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Posted by feww on November 19, 2016

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Drought Kills 102 Million Trees in California

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought-stricken forests.

Drought has killed at least 62 million trees in 2016 alone, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.


Drought kills more than 102 million trees in California, including 62 million this year alone. US Forest Service.

“These dead and dying trees continue to elevate the risk of wildfire, complicate our efforts to respond safely and effectively to fires when they do occur, and pose a host of threats to life and property across California,” said Agriculture Secretary. “USDA has made restoration work and the removal of excess fuels a top priority, but until Congress passes a permanent fix to the fire budget, we can’t break this cycle of diverting funds away from restoration work  to fight the immediate threat of the large unpredictable fires caused by the fuel buildups themselves.”

This year, California had a record setting wildfire season, with the Blue Cut fire alone scorching over 30,000 acres and triggering the evacuation of 80,000 people. In the southeastern United States wildfires have burned more than 120,000 acres this fall. The southeast region of the Forest Service is operating at the highest preparedness level, PL 5, reflecting the high level of physical resources and funding devoted to the region.  Extreme drought conditions persist, and many areas have not seen rain for as many as 95 days.

  • Details of Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Posted by feww on November 13, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: State of Emergency in NC amid Wildfires

  • A State of Emergency has been declared in N.C. due to more than two dozen wildfires in Western North Carolina.
  • The fires have been prompted by the lingering drought, unseasonably dry weather conditions, and abnormally warm temperatures.
    • Temperatures across the northern Rockies, High Plains, and upper Midwest are expected to be 15 to 25 degrees above normal, said NWS.
  • The State of Emergency is in effect for 25 counties including Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
  • “As eastern North Carolina was underwater due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew, the western part of the state has been suffering from a severe drought and now hundreds of acres are burning,” said NC governor.
  • Several dozen wildfires are burning in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Western South Carolina.
  • Full details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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“Most Devastating” Wildfire Destroys Scores of Homes in SoCal

Posted by feww on June 24, 2016

Ferocious wildfire in Squirrel Valley, Kern County destroys 100 homes, structures threatens 1,500 more

One of the most devastating wildfires I’ve ever seen —Kern County Fire Capt.

The explosive Erskine Fire has consumed about 5,400 acres since Thursday afternoon in Lake Isabella, Kern County, about 65km northeast of Bakersfield, destroying at least 80 homes, two dozen structures, and threatening 1,500 more.

The fire is “extremely dangerous, extremely volatile,” said Kern County Fire Capt. Tyler Townsend.

“I’ve never been in a wildland fire where I’ve seen so many homes burn. It’s one of the most devastating I’ve ever seen,” said Townsend.

Mass evacuations have been ordered in the areas threatened by the blaze including the rural communities of South Fork, Weldon, Onyx, Lakeland Estates, Yankee Canyon and Mountain Mesa, according to official reports.


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Trick or Treat: ‘Organized Crime’ Setting Sicily on Fire

Posted by feww on June 17, 2016

Palermo homes evacuated as fires spread

Authorities have evacuated multiple properties in Palermo as raging wildfires, believed to have started intentionally, and fanned by the powerful ‘Sirocco’ winds, continue to spread across several parts of Sicily.

The fires have forced the closure of several motorways and highways across the affected areas. “The A20 motorway between Palermo and Messina was shut down to the wildfires that are also threatening several buildings and hotels in the area. The 113 state highway between Lascari and Cefalù was also closed.  Some 50 nursery-school children were overcome by fumes from a fire on Monte Caputo at Monreale near Palermo  and taken to hospital, while the school was evacuated,” ANSA reported.

Sicily’s President Rosario Crocetta told reporters that he believed the fires were started by organized crime.

“How do you explain a blazing fire in Cefalù [on Wednesday night,] when the temperature was [only] 24 degrees?

“Of course, the heat and wind then play their part. I do not have proof, but I suspect criminals were responsible because they always affect the most valuable areas around Palermo,”he said.

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