Monday, June 27

Wildfires rage in Russia, Spain and the US amid high temperatures


Russia

Forest fires have broken out in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region, near Kazakhstan and in northeastern Siberia.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said it has deployed planes and a helicopter to fight the fires, as well as 240 people to Chelyabinsk, where two large villages have been evacuated.

Wildfires are also devastating northeastern Siberia, where temperatures have been abnormally high.

Russia’s coldest inhabited region, Yakutia, is now in its third year of unusually intense fires and around 300 are burning.

In fact, peat fires had continued to burn during the past winter in Yakutia, even as the temperature plummeted to minus 50 degrees Celsius.

In May, Alexander Kozlov, the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, said that due to global warming, permafrost is disappearing in northern Russia to such an extent that in a couple of decades it will be possible to cultivate the land.

Spain

Meanwhile, in southern Spain’s Malaga province, firefighters have been fighting a fire since early Friday morning near the small town of Jubrique.

It quickly spread to 300 burned hectares through pine, chestnut and cork trees, according to local reports.

Some 13 families were forced to evacuate.

Windy conditions hampered efforts to extinguish the blaze with dozens of firefighters trying to control the blaze.

Northern california

And in northern California, which endures scorching temperatures, lightning has started fires.

Hundreds of firefighters aided by planes are fighting the Beckwourth Complex near the Nevada state line.

But so far less than 10 percent is contained.

Campgrounds and homes around Frenchman Lake were under evacuation orders Friday and an area of ​​nearly 520 square kilometers of the forest was closed due to the danger, fire information officer Pandora Valle said.

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After a day and night of explosive growth, the fire covered more than 98 square kilometers by mid-morning Friday.

Flames blazed through pine, fir and chaparral trees that dried up from low humidity and high temperatures, while winds on the ridges and afternoon gusts of up to 45 kilometers per hour “really pushed” the flames at times. Valle said.

The blaze was one of several that broke out in the north, where several other large fires destroyed dozens of homes in recent days.

The number of wildfires and the amount of land burned in arid California so far this year far exceed totals for the same period in the disastrous 2020 wildfire year.

Climate change is considered a “key driver” of a trend that is creating “longer and more intense dry seasons that increase water stress on vegetation and make forests more susceptible to severe wildfires,” the Department of California Fire Protection and Forestry.

Meteorologists, meanwhile, warned that much of California will see dangerously hot weather on weekends, with triple-digit highs in the Central Valley, mountains, deserts and other inland areas. The heat advisories did not include major coastal towns.

The National Weather Service said Death Valley could reach a staggering 54 degrees Celsius.


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