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Movies EUROPE/US Wildfires & Drought: France Burns as Wildfires Continue in EUROPE

Around The World: Extreme Weather Emergencies Rage

Outbreaks of extreme weather were reported on four continents, as record floods and forest fires caused emergencies from the US and Russia to China and New Zealand.

Extreme weather emerges worldwide as floods burst dams and fires ravage forests

Colin Freeman says the spate raised concerns about the effect of climate change.

BBC 2O JUL 2021.






















Catastrophic outbreaks of extreme weather were reported on four continents on Monday, as record floods and forest fires caused emergencies everywhere from the US and Russia to China and New Zealand.

As Germany and lowland Europe attempted to recover from last week's devastating floods, firefighters in the US state of Oregon continued to battle the massive Bootleg Fire that has already blazed its way through nearly 500 square miles of tinder-dry woodlands.

At the same time, colleagues in Russia's Siberia region fought fires that have swathed nearly 50 cities in smoke, while in China, torrential rains in the north-west region of Inner Mongolia caused two reservoirs to burst their dams.

The spate of apocalyptic images has raised concerns about the effect of climate change, with environmentalists claiming that rising global temperatures make seasonal weather events far more volatile.


In Germany, where at least 160 people are now believed to have died in flooding since last Wednesday, officials defended themselves yesterday against criticisms that they had failed to respond adequately.

Speaking on a tour of flood-stricken areas, Horst Seehofer, the German interior minister, said it would be "completely inconceivable for such a catastrophe to be managed centrally".

In India, 35 people were killed as "monstrous" seasonal monsoon rains fell nationwide, triggering landslides and house collapses.

Around 30 of the fatalities were in three suburbs of Mumbai, where several houses crumbled in landslides after rain.

The extreme weather also hit Southern Hemisphere nations currently in winter, with New Zealand receiving the equivalent of one month of rain over the weekend.

A state of emergency was declared in the Buller District on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island being hit by severe flooding, with thousands evacuated from their homes.


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Climate Change: UNs' IPCC Doomsday Report Warns of Devastating Future of Heatwaves and Drought

The paper, produced by the UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is the starkest warning yet about the speed and scale of warming - caused by human activity which is damaging the world at an alarming rate


The Guardian UK, 9 AUG 2021







The world's largest ever report into climate change will be published later, setting out the stark reality of the state of the planet.


The study is by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - a UN group that looked at more than 14,000 scientific papers.

It will be the most up-to-date assessment of how global warming will change the world in the coming decades.








Scientists say it will likely be bad news - but with "nuggets of optimism".

And environmental experts have said it will be a "massive wake-up call" to governments to cut emissions.

The last time the IPCC looked at the science of global warming was in 2013 - and scientists believe they have learnt a lot since then.

In recent years, the world has seen record-breaking temperatures, raging wildfires and devastating flooding.

Some papers studied by the panel show that some of the changes humans are inadvertently making to the climate will not be reversed for hundreds or maybe thousands of years.

The IPCC's findings - which will be revealed at a press conference at 09:00 BST - will also be used during a major summit hosted by the UK in November.

The summit, COP26, which is run by the UN, is seen as a critical moment if climate change is going to be brought under control. Leaders from 196 countries will meet to try and agree action.

Alok Sharma, the UK minister who is leading the summit, said at the weekend that the world was almost running out of time to avoid catastrophe - and the effects of climate change were already happening.


Analysis by Roger Harrabin, Environment analyst


The intergovernmental panel brings together representatives of world governments who appraise research by scientists. That means all governments buy into the findings.

The last panel was in 2013 and researchers say much has firmed up since then.

Previously, for instance, they were reluctant to ascribe extreme events such as heatwaves and torrential rain to being at least partly down to climate change.

Now in the case of the heatdome in the US in June, they're confident to say it would have been almost impossible without climate change.

They say the world will continue to get hotter.



It will also - especially in northern Europe - get wetter, though droughts will increase too as weather patterns shifts.

The panel studied papers showing that sea level would continue to rise for hundreds or possibly thousands of years because of heat already trapped in the ocean deep.

Research does confirm though, that if politicians can stick to holding global temperature increase down to 1.5C, on pre-industrial times, the worst catastrophes can still be avoided.


Prof Piers Forster, an expert in climate change from the University of Leeds, said the report "will be able to say a whole lot more about the extremes we are experiencing today and it will be able to be categoric that our emissions of greenhouse gases are causing them and they are also going to get worse".

"The report will come with quite a lot of bad news about where we are and where we're going, but there are going to be nuggets of optimism in there which I think are really good for the climate change negotiations," he told LBC.

One of the causes for optimism he mentioned was that there is still a chance of keeping global warming to below 1.5 degrees.

Experts say the impacts of climate change are far more severe when the increase is greater than 1.5C. So far, global temperatures have climbed to 1.2C above pre-industrial levels.

The Paris climate agreement in 2015 established the goal of keeping the increase in the global average temperature to no more than 2C and to try not to surpass 1.5C.




Temperature Curve






Richard Black, from non-profit advisory group the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, said: "Coming just before COP26, this report is a massive wake-up call to all those governments that have not yet put forward realistic plans to cut emissions over the next decade.

"It will show that choices made now have a big effect on our future - leading to a runaway world of wild weather impacts and incalculable risks at one end, and at the other a future where climate change is constrained within manageable bounds."


So, what can we expect from the report?

According to many observers, there have been significant improvements in the science in the last few years.

"Our models have gotten better, we have a better understanding of the physics and the chemistry and the biology, and so they're able to simulate and project future temperature changes and precipitation changes much better than they were," said Dr Stephen Cornelius from WWF, an observer at IPCC meetings.

"Another change has been that attribution sciences have increased vastly in the last few years. We can make greater links between climate change and extreme weather events."

As well as updates on temperature projections, there will likely be a strong focus on the question of humanity's role in creating the climate crisis.

In the last report in 2013, the IPCC said that humans were the "dominant cause" of global warming since the 1950s.

The message in the latest report is expected to be even stronger, with warnings of how soon global temperatures could rise 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Experts say the impacts of climate change are far more severe when the increase is greater than 1.5C.


It is expected that this time the IPCC will also outline just how much of an influence humans are having on the oceans, the atmosphere and other aspects of our planetary systems.

One of the most important questions concerns sea-level rise. This has long been a controversial issue for the IPCC, with their previous projections scorned by some scientists as far too conservative.

"In the past they have been so reluctant to give a plausible upper limit on sea-level rise, and we hope that they finally come around this time," said Prof Arthur Petersen, from UCL in London.

As the world has experienced a series of devastating fires and floods in recent months that have been linked to climate change, the report will also include a new chapter linking extreme weather events to rising temperatures.


What is the IPCC?


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a UN body set up in 1988 to assess the science around climate change.

The IPCC provides governments with scientific information they can use to develop policies on global heating.

The first of its comprehensive Assessment Reports on climate change was released in 1992. The sixth in this series will be split into four volumes, the first of which - covering the physical science behind climate change - will be published on Monday. Further parts of the review will cover impacts and solutions.

A summary has been approved in a process involving scientists and representatives of 195 governments.



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Movies Wildfires: California McKinney Fire Spreads Rapidly North of State

Tens of Thousands Flee Colorado Wildfires


Colorado Wildfires: Houses Were Exploding Right Before Our Eyes


Colorado: Residents Return Following Devastating Fire


BBC News 1 JAN 2022.















































Mayor Clint Folsom and Louisville Mayor Ashley Stolzmann react to the wind-fueled wildfires that devastated areas of their Colorado communities, leaving at least 500 homes destroyed.




Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated and hundreds of homes have been destroyed as wildfires spread through the US state of Colorado.

The fast-moving fires are burning in Boulder County, north of Denver, and officials say deaths and injuries are likely as the blazes spread further.

Some 30,000 people in the towns of Louisville and Superior were told to leave their homes on Thursday.

Governor Jared Polis declared a State of Emergency, saying: "This fire is not so much a question of resources. This fire is a force of nature."



Residents Return Following Devastating Fire...

Residents of Boulder County in Colorado have returned to scenes of devastation after snowfall helped extinguish the last of a raging wildfire.

The fire swept through 6,000 acres in just a few hours, destroying hundreds of homes.









A statue of the Virgin Mary among remains of houses



One local resident said some families in the area that "lost everything" and it was a "Christmas miracle" that nobody was killed.

Tens of thousands of people fled as the flames engulfed the area.

The fire at its peak was driven by winds of up to 105 mph (169km/h) which caused flames to jump over highways and entire communities, local authorities told Reuters news agency.

Climate change increases the risk of the hot, dry weather that is likely to fuel wildfires, and experts say that fires in western North America have grown more intense in recent years.

Now snow has started to fall, officials say they do not expect the fire to pose any more danger.


People have started returning home to assess the damage, many facing scenes of complete destruction.


In Louisville, Jeff Conroy told local media that he had watched his family's house burn to the ground.

"The fire department left before I did," he told USA Today. "They knew it couldn't be saved, but I had to watch. And I stayed until our house walls were fully gone."

Officials say they do not expect the fire to pose any further danger


Six people have been treated for injuries but no fatalities have been reported - something local officials described as a "miracle".


Another Louisville resident, Linda Jackson, told the Denver Channel that her home of 20 years had been completely destroyed by the fire.

"I could see flames in my backyard and I knew I had to get out," she said. "I went downstairs, no electricity in my garage and my garage wouldn't open. I thought about just walking out and walking down the street, but I called 911 and the fire department came and got me out."

She said she knew her home "was just going to be ash".





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Movies US Blazes -Southern Wildfires Leap From Home to Home

US Wildfires Leap From Home to Home in California While Blaze Burns in New Mexico

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A wildfire in southern California has destroyed more than 20 houses, many of them multimillion-dollar mansions, in the coastal community of Laguna Niguel, 50 miles south of Los Angeles.


In New Mexico, the largest blaze in the US – which has grown to cover more than 105,140 hectares (259,810 acres) – continued to burn on Thursday morning.
Gusty winds have fanned the flames through the parched vegetation of the drought-stricken terrain in an explosive start to what is expected to be another devastating fire season across the American west







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Drought Emergency Declared in Northern Italy

Italy drought: 11 regions poised for state of emergency


Italy has declared a state of emergency in five northern regions surrounding the Po River amid the worst drought in 70 years.

BBC News 5 JUL 2022.










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The Sangone River, Po River's left tributary.



Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto will be given €36.5m (£31m; $38m) in emergency funds to tackle the water shortage.

The drought threatens more than 30% of Italy's agricultural produce, according to the agricultural union Coldiretti.

Several municipalities have already announced water rationing.

Unusually hot weather and low rainfall across winter and spring have compounded water shortages in northern Italy.

"The state of emergency is aimed at managing the current situation with extraordinary means and powers," the Italian government said.

It said it could take further measures if the situation did not improve.

Some tributaries of the Po River have dried out

The Po is Italy's longest river, flowing eastward for more than 650km (404 miles).

Farmers in the Po Valley say salty seawater is now seeping into the river, destroying crops.

On Monday Prime Minister Mario Draghi visited the Dolomites mountain range where 13 people are missing after the collapse of a glacier. He said the disaster was "without doubt" linked to global warming.

At least seven people died and eight were hurt on the Marmolada mountain, in an avalanche caused by the glacier's collapse.

Drones equipped with thermal imaging are taking part in the search for the missing, who include several foreigners.


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Movies 40C+ Tinder Box Britain: Get Used to Wildfires Across UK Chief Firefighter Warns

Europe Heatwave Fuels Wildfires in Portugal, France and Spain

Catastrophe Feared From 40C Death Valley Heatwave as UK NHS Braces for Huge Surge

The heatwave is adding 'extreme pressure' to the UK NHS with some hospitals declaring 'critical incidents' and ambulances have been put on their highest alert level


BBC News 15 Jul 2022





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Glorious sunshine and *soaring temperatures will have Brits flocking to beaches and parks this weekend.



But with the Met Office issuing a “danger to life”warning over the blistering weather, NHS staff fear being overwhelmed by a huge surge of heat-related casualties.

And as temperatures could hit a record 40C – normally seen at the world’s hottest place, Death Valley in California – experts warn of a climate catastrophe that could kill hundreds of Brits.

With hospitals already struggling after a decade of cuts, one doctor said a heatwave is the “last thing the NHS needs”.

Cardiff A&E consultant Dr Farbod Babolhavaeji, 38, added: “I think people are very worried about it because we are already under extreme pressure.

“This extreme weather is going to cause a lot of problems because we are not used to it in this country.


“I don’t think people appreciate how hot it can get and we just have to be very careful. People should hear the basic advice again… keep out of the hot part of the day, stay indoors, stay in the shade, make sure they are drinking plenty.

“It’s not just the sun stroke and heat exhaustion and collapses. There’s a significant risk of *developing a stroke in the heat.






Smoke from a wildfire rises above a home in Palmela, Portugal






Wildfires in the Vale do Lobo area in Portugal


“There are long waits for *ambulances outside A&Es and despite everything we are doing the increasing demand means we are struggling to find space for the patients.”

New figures show *ambulance response times have got worse, with an average wait of 51 minutes and 38 seconds for emergency calls such as heart attacks and strokes. That is well above the target of 18 minutes.

As the Government today held a Cobra on the heatwave, climate change senior lecturer John Grant urged No10 to act fast.

He said: “I think hundreds are going to die in the UK if not *thousands, that’s my fear if we hit temperatures of 40C.

“It’s terrifying what will happen if we don’t have a management plan and get cooling centres ready.”

Former Environment Agency boss Dave Throup warned forecast models seem to be “firming up on some incredible temperatures”.

He added: “If they materialise it will be unprecedented in the UK, It will also be incredibly dangerous.”

Cabinet Office minister Kit Malthouse urged the public to look out for vulnerable neighbours.

He said: “People need to do all the stuff they would do when it is very hot, wear a hat, drink water.

“But it’s critical, with the elderly, those with cardiovascular problems and the very young, that people look out for them and take care.”

Temperatures will hit 30C on Saturday and could peak at 35C next week. But Mr Malthouse added: “There is a possibility we could hit 40 which would be an all time record.”

Events have been cancelled all over the UK including school sports days.


Despite the fears, Brits are still cramming onto beaches, with some arriving at the crack of dawn.

Emile Crosby, 24, who runs the Natural Surf School in East Wittering, West Sussex, said: “There’s families getting down to the beach at 6.30am to 7am to get a space.”

And ice creams sales are expected to hit a record high of nine million this weekend, Tesco said.

Barbecue burgers and sausages, beer, wine and salads will also fly off the shelves.

But the heat could spark travel chaos as millions take to trains, planes and cars to get away. A burst water main today at Gatwick Airport left restaurants and toilets closed.



A Heatwave is Fuelling Wildfires in Portugal, France and Spain.

Around 3,500 firefighters in Portugal are battling dozens of blazes, as temperatures break records in various parts of the country.

Heatwaves have become more frequent, more intense, and longer-lasting because of climate change.


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Luton Airport Cancels ALL Flights After Runway Melts in Extreme Heatwave

Luton Airport is used by airlines including EasyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair and TUI as temperatures in Luton have reached 36C today


Daily Mirror 19 JUL 2022





Luton Airport has suspended flights in the current heatwave


A popular UK airport suspended all of its flights for nearly three hours today after the tarmac melted in boiling temperatures.

Luton Airport, which has one runway, is used by airlines including EasyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair and TUI as temperatures in Luton have reached 36C today.

The last flight believed to have taken off before the airport suspended departures was at 3.07pm. A spokesperson announced that all flights outbound were suspended and any flights scheduled to arrive at Luton airport were being diverted.

Nearly three hours later, an airport spokesperson confirmed that flights leaving the airport resumed at 5.40pm. However, inbound flights are still suspended or diverted from Luton Airport.

One furious passenger tweeted: "How long will this take?!?!?"

Another wrote: "They have just closed the runway at Luton airport for at least an hour. We were just about to be pushed back and they stopped everything. Inbound flights are being diverted.”

A spokesperson for Luton Airport said at 6pm today: "The runaway reopened to departing flights at 17.40. Arrivals remain suspended until further notice. We apologise for the inconvenience."

A spokesperson said earlier today: "Following today's high temperatures, a surface defect was identified on the runway.

"Engineers were called immediately to the site- and repair works are currently in progress to resume operations as soon as possible.

"We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused."

The RAF has also halted flights in and out of its largest air base in the UK, Brize Norton, because the "runway has melted", according to reports.





Flights in and out of the airport have been suspended


It comes as parts of the country could see Death Valley highs of 42C today as Brits are warned to "stay indoors, do as little as possible" and avoid public transport as the heatwave forces hospitals to cancel appointments and some schools close.

The rise in temperatures has forced the UK Health Security Agency to issue a level 4 heat-health alert alongside the Met Office red warning running from Monday to Wednesday and the chief executive of the College of Paramedics has warned that the “ferocious heat” could result in people dying.




Temperatures were said to have reached 36C today in Luton



Earlier today, the highest temperature on record in Wales has now risen to 37.1C in Hawarden, Flintshire, provisional Met Office figures show.

By 3pmt today, the highest recorded temperature was 37.5C (99.5F) at Kew Gardens in west London, according to the Met Office.

Cavendish in Suffolk had reached 37.4C (99.3F), Santon Downham, also in Suffolk, was 37.2C (98.9F) and Wisley, Surrey, saw temperatures of 37.2C (98.9F).

Water companies have warned urgent action is needed to conserve supplies in parts of the UK.


Doctors have warned of a danger to life or potential serious illness from the blistering temperatures.

Recommended precautions include avoiding physical exercise, keeping to the shade and maintaining ventilation, drinking plenty of water and using in-date sun cream.

People have been warned against using rivers and lakes to cool off due to the dangers of swimming in open water
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Tinder Box Britain : It's Time to Wake Up and Get Used to Wildfires Across UK, Chief Firefighter Warns


London's firefighters had their 'busiest day' since World War II due to the record-shattering heatwave, mayor says

Heatwave firefighter describes 'brutal' day from hell and warns UK needs 'rethink'

This week’s wildfires were a ‘wake-up call’ for Britain, as climate change means we could see far more in the future, firefighters have warned.

BBC 21 Jul 2022


















Metro Firefighters tackle a wildfire that encroached on homes in Shiregreen, Sheffield



As the UK experienced record breaking temperatures exceeding 40°C on Tuesday, huge fires broke out across the country – damaging and destroying people’s homes.

Major fire incidents were declared in London, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire amid the tinder-dry conditions.

Firefighters in the capital faced their busiest day since World War Two, with the London Fire Brigade (LFB) taking 2,670 calls – compared to 500 on a busy day.

Bosses at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, which came close to calling a major incident, warned the nationwide situation would not be a one-off and the UK needed to ‘get prepared’.

Describing Tuesday as a ‘game change’, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: ‘Fires were spreading much more quickly than ever before.’






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Surrey Wildfire: Firefighters Tackling Inferno as Blazes Break Out Across UK

Surrey Fire and Rescue has declared a major incident at Hankley Common as crews battle an ongoing blaze - the third to hit the popular beauty in less than two weeks


California Wildfire Explodes Near Yosemite and Sierra National Parks


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Firefighters are battling a raging wildfire just after record-breaking temperatures ignited infernos across the country. A major incident has been declared as Hankley Common catches fire again


A major incident has been declared at Hankley Common in Surrey as a large fire rages out of control, while similar incidents have also ben reported in Thamesmead, Hayes and Enfield.

Surrey Fire and Rescue has urged nearby residents to keep their windows closed and their pets inside until the blaze at the 560-hectare nature reserve is extinguished.

A spokesman confirmed they were called at around noon and 19 vehicles are in attendance.

He added: “We have declared a major incident at Hankley Common due to a large fire in the open.

“We have several fire engines in attendance. There is a great deal of smoke so please avoid the area, windows and doors should be closed if nearby and pets kept indoors.
Extreme heatwaves could become common due to greenhouse gases, scientists warn





The serious fire can be seen from miles around as crews battle the blaze


“Please avoid the area to allow our crews to work. Stay out of the smoke and far away from the fire as it can travel quickly.

"We were called to the fire just after midday today & currently have 19 vehicles in attendance, including fire engines, specialist units and 4x4s. At least eight hectares are estimated to be affected."

Terrifying footage of the fire -the third in less than two weeks at the beauty spot - show the extent of the flames and smoke at the scene.

Some of the smoke has been reportedly seen on the runway of nearby Heathrow Airport.

Surrey Police added: "There is an increased presence of Police and the Fire Service at Hankley Common near Godalming due to a Fire.

"We are asking the public to avoid the area until further notice."

Resident Alan Johnson told Surrey Live he had been to visit a disabled friend in the area which was being evacuated.

He added: "It's an absolutely massive fire. I believe some army buildings in the area may have been subsumed by it, although I don't know.

"It must stretch for at least half a mile. There are myriad firefighters there but it's very difficult to get to because it's on a common, so the sort of vehicles that can get to it are quite small.

"I don't know how much water they can carry but I can't imagine it's very much."

London Fire Brigade later urged people to cancel all planned barbecues as they were responding to several incidents.

They tweeted: "London Fire Brigade is dealing with a number of weather related fires across the capital.

"We're tackling significant incidents in Enfield, Hayes and Thamesmead. Between midnight and 1700 we've attended more incidents than we would in a normal 24 hour period.

"Please help us prevent further fires by cancelling all planned BBQs, removing rubbish especially glass from grassland & disposing cigarettes correctly.

Hankley Common is a popular filming location and has appeared in two James Bond films - The World Is Not Enough and Skyfall - as well as 1917 and The King's Man.

One thankful resident said: "Stay safe crews. One awful one after another.





The smoke from the fire can be seen from miles away

Firefighters urged people to stay indoors and avoid the area



"Thank you all you do."

Another reported her pets were unimpressed to be kept inside.

She added: "We live by there and had to shut the doors and windows due smoke.

"Cats not happy they had to come in either."

Around 100 crews are at the scene of a serious fire in north London where dry grass in Enfield is alight for the second time in 24 hours.





California Wildfire Explodes; Thousands Ordered to Flee








A blaze erupted in California on Friday and quickly grew to 11,900 acres (4,800 hectares) in size as the state's governor, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency for the Yosemite area. More than 2,000 people were fighting the Oak fire along with helicopters, other aircraft and bulldozers.


The blaze blocked one of the main routes into Yosemite, where this month a stand of huge, ancient sequoias was threatened by a wildfire that began near the Washburn Trail. That fire burned 4,857 acres and is now about 80% contained. The Oak fire was already more than twice the size of the Washburn blaze


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Movies Re: Wildfires: California McKinney Fire Spreads Rapidly North of State

California Wildfire: McKinney Fire Spreads Rapidly in North of State

Wildfire in California Grows to More Than 50,000 Acres in 48 Hours.

Hundreds of firefighters in California are battling the largest wildfire to spread in the state so far this year.


BBC News 1 AUG 2022.





McKinney Fire burns near Yreka, California on 30 July


The McKinney Fire, which started in the northern Siskiyou county on Friday, has already burnt 21,000 hectares (52,500 acres), the state's fire service said.



At least 2,000 residents as well as trekkers on the Pacific Crest hiking trail have left the area, authorities said. Homes have been destroyed.

It was 0% contained as of Sunday, the emergency service's latest report said.

A red flag warning indicating the threat of dangerous fire conditions is in place, as California suffers from persistent drought conditions.

A state of emergency was declared in Siskiyou county on Saturday, after homes were destroyed and infrastructure was threatened, state governor Gavin Newsom said.

The fire was "intensified and spread by dry fuels, extreme drought conditions, high temperatures, winds and lightning storms", he added.

Authorities warn that possible thunderstorms could result in more fires developing in the coming days.

The US Forest Service warned that conditions could be "extremely dangerous for firefighters, as winds can be erratic, and extremely strong, causing the fire to spread in any direction".

Meteorologist Brad Schaaf told the New York Times, however, that smoke from the McKinney blaze could lower temperatures, which would then counteract some of the dangerous "thunderstorm ingredients".

The fire is the second major blaze to hit the state in recent days. The Oak Fire, near Yosemite National Park, is still roaring after eight days but has been 67% contained, the fire department Cal Fire said.

California, which is facing serious drought conditions, still has months of its fire season ahead.

Climate change increases the risk of the hot, dry weather that is likely to fuel wildfires.






The world has already warmed by about 1.1C since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions.



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Movies Re: IPCC-Drought Emergency: France-Worst Drought on Record/ EUROPEs' Prolonged Drynes

France Experiencing Worst Drought on Record

Britain Braced For Another Heatwave With Highs of 35C and Prolonged Dryness

A Future of Devastating Heatwaves & Drought


BBC 10 Aug 2022






France is in the middle of its fourth heatwave of the summer, with temperatures up to 40C, and experiencing what the government has said is its worst drought on record.



It has left villages without any drinking water and forced dozens of people in southeastern parts of the country to move to nearby evacuation centres to escape wildfires.

Britain is braced for another heatwave that will last longer than July’s record-breaking hot spell, with highs of up to 35C expected next week, forecasters have said.

Temperatures over the coming days will remain lower than last month’s scorching 40.3C but the warmth will continue over a “prolonged period”, the Met Office has said.


The Met Office’s fire severity index (FSI), an assessment of how severe a fire could become if one were to start, is very high for most of England and Wales, and will reach “exceptional” for a swathe of England by the weekend.

People have been urged not to host barbecues or uses chimeneas - small outdoor stoves used for cooking and heating - in the tinder-dry conditions.





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Movies Re: EUROPE/US Wildfires & Drought: France Burns as Wildfires Continue in EUROPE

France Firefighters Battle MONSTER Wildfire Near Bordeaux

Evacuated Twice in a Summer as France's Fires Burn

Wildfires Rage in Greece, Spain and Italy as Heatwave Moves Across Europe


BBC 14 AUG 2022






A firefighting aircraft drops flame retardant in the Gironde region, south-western France

Several firefighting aircraft are involved in the massive firefighting operation in the Gironde region



More than 1,000 firefighters are battling a "monster" wildfire in south-western France that has already destroyed about 7,400 hectares (18,286 acres) of forest, officials say.


The blaze about 30km (19 miles) south-east of Bordeaux has gutted some homes and forced 10,000 residents to flee.

"It's an ogre, it's a monster," firefighter representative Gregory Allione told France's RTL Radio.



Strong winds and high temperatures are hampering the firefighting operation.

Sixty-five German firefighters have arrived from Bonn and others from Poland and Romania are expected in the fire zone soon.

"European solidarity at work!" President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

France has nine water-bombing helicopters deployed and is also getting some firefighting aircraft from Greece and Sweden.

The wildfire in France's Gironde region has been raging for two days near the small town of Landiras.

In the same area last month a wildfire burned 14,000 hectares before being contained. It was France's driest month since 1961.

This summer France and a number of other European countries have seen a wave of deadly wildfires, triggered by record temperatures and droughts across the continent.


More than 1,000 deaths have been attributed to the heat in Portugal and Spain.


A wildfire is now raging in the mountainous Serra de Estrela park in central Portugal, where 10,000 hectares of forest has been destroyed. The area is sparsely populated. About 1,500 firefighters are tackling the blaze.



In the UK, an amber extreme heat warning has now come into force, with temperatures forecast to hit 37C (99F) in some areas over the next four days. The heatwave will probably affect health, transport and working conditions, the authorities warn.






In France some firefighters had to be urgently redeployed from other regions to boost the ongoing Gironde operation.


They are being backed by specialist aircraft dropping water and flame retardant.


But despite all the efforts, the blaze was still out of control on Thursday, local officials said.

"It's the first time we've seen a fire like this," firefighter Jérôme Jean told BFMTV news website.








Evacuated Twice in a Summer




Christian Fostitschenko sat near his camp bed at an evacuation centre in Salles, southwestern France.


He lives in the little town of Saint-Magne, but he can't go home. It's too close to the fire zone.

This area, south of Bordeaux, was hit by a massive fire in July, and another blaze this week.

This is the second time this summer that Christian has been evacuated from his home - and he doesn't know when he can go back.

"I've been here since Monday night and could be here for 10 or 12 days," he told me.

"I'm fed up of it, mentally and physically," he said. "It's time to go home, but it just doesn't stop. It's a very serious fire - the first time that there's been such a big fire in our region."

He sighed sadly. "But people have been very generous. The fire crews are doing a magnificent job."



'Climate Catastrophe'

A huge fire-fighting operation is under way. More than 1,000 French firefighters have been joined by teams from Germany, Romania, Austria and Poland. In a field near the village of Hostens, fire engines from Dusseldorf and several other German regions, were lining to up to help, as a helicopter flew overhead.

Around the cordoned-off fire zone, south of Bordeaux, the big flames have been extinguished, but in some areas, almost everywhere you look, there are wisps of smoke from burning embers on the ground.

We watched as a French fire crew hosed down several small fires that were still smouldering in charred tree trunks, destroyed in an earlier blaze.

Stephanie Martin, from the French fire brigade told me that the fires this summer are "exceptional", with successive heatwaves, wind and no rain creating the perfect conditions for big fires.

She said the emergency teams are managing to stop the fire from spreading, but they remain on high alert, because lightning, wind, and storms, are forecast for the coming days.

"It is very stressful, but we are glad to have firefighters from other countries and professional teams from France."

On Friday night the flames reached the edge of the village of Louchats, threatening several houses. The next morning we met the mayor, Philippe Carreyre, as he supervised a truck spraying water into the woods.
Smoke billows through trees as firefighters try to tackles the blazes





French fire fighters have been joined by teams from around Europe

"We've never known a summer like this," he said. "It's a catastrophe, an environmental catastrophe and also a climate catastrophe. The sun and wind need to be replaced by clouds and rain as quickly as possible."




Our local economy depends on forestry, he said. "We have pine forests, we use the wood for construction, for houses, for the paper industry, so a whole part of the economy is threatened."

In the main square in Louchats, Didier Legros parked his car close to a phalanx of fire engines. "I live close to the forest," he said. In July the flames reached within 300m (330 yards) of his house and they were forced to evacuate.

"The fire came very close. We've got horses," he said. "It was very stressful."


"If it continues this way, I think we will have to move away to a calmer area."

The little local shop in Louchats is still open, but these days mainly for the fire crews. It's hung with banners and drawings by children, thanking the emergency crews for saving their houses. Laura Blondeau, who works at the shop, is worried too.

"I was born here. I used to play in the forest," she said. "To see the forest dead like this is devastating. I'm frightened for the future."






UK Heatwave: Wildfires Break Out Across England







Drought Hits Germany's Rhine River

...Drought on the Rhine: 'We have 30cm of water left'...


As Europe lives through a long, hot summer, one of the continent's major rivers is getting drier - posing major problems for the people and businesses that rely on it.

Captain Andre Kimpel casted an experienced, but worried, eye across the river Rhine, where water levels have dropped significantly in recent days.

Several ferry services in and around the town of Kaub have been forced to a standstill, but he's still carrying people and their cars across the water to the opposite bank - for now.

"It's no joke," he says as he navigates the water which sparkles in the summer sunshine. "We have 1.5m [5ft] of water and our boat sits 1.20m deep. So we have 30 centimetres of water left beneath us."

It's not unusual for water levels to drop here but, Captain Kimpel says, it's happening more frequently. "We used to have a lot of floods. Now we have a lot of low waters."

On the riverbank nearby, there's an old measuring station. Any skipper wanting to enter the Upper Rhine will refer to the official water level recorded here.

The current level hasn't yet fallen below the lowest figure ever recorded here, in October of 2018. The measurement then was 25cm (the measurement is taken from the same reference point in the water, not the deepest point on the river bed).

It's currently 42cm - but is forecast to fall further in the coming days.






Captain Andre Kimpel on board his ferry is still carrying people across the water to the opposite bank says "We have 30 centimetres of water left beneath us"

Travel a little further upstream and the challenge is obvious.


At the town of Bingen, great swathes of the riverbed are exposed, bleached stones powder dry in the baking sun. People from the nearby town pick their way over the rocks, take photographs. In normal times they'd be underwater. One man told me he'd never seen it like this.

A few commercial vessels slowly navigate the channel of water that's left here.

The Rhine is one of Europe's great working rivers and industry here relies on barges to fetch and carry raw materials and finished products to and from the power plants and factories that line the riverbank.





The water's already too low to allow some of the larger vessels through. Others have been forced to reduce their cargo, lighten the load so that they sit higher in the water. And they're keeping a close eye on the river levels.


Due to Russia reducing its gas supply to Germany, the country is relying more heavily on coal



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