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Huge Wafts of Smoke From North American Wildfires Have Traveled All the Way to Europe

It’s been a particularly brutal wildfire season in parts of western North America, as several large blazes continue to cause headaches from California up to British Columbia. As shocking new satellite images show, the smoke from these fires hasn’t been limited to the west coast, or even the North American continent. It’s drifted all the way over the Atlantic Ocean into European skies. Read More >>

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That Viral Photo of People Golfing by a Huge Wildfire Is Actually Real

“That looks… very shopped,” one Gizmodo writer said, when he saw the viral image of three chill dudes golfing as a mountain burned behind them. On the left side of the frame, there are two other people gazing at the blaze. The whole scene does indeed look very fake, another fine Photoshop forgery. But it’s not. Read More >>

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Worst Wildfires in Chile’s History Have Left Devastation in Their Wake

Over the weekend, the Chilean government ended a state of emergency enacted last month in response to the worst wildfire season in the nation’s history. The fires, which now appear to be dying down, have torched more than 900,000 acres—roughly four times the area of New York City—since January 15th. Read More >>

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Unprecedented Wildfires Devastate Great Smoky Mountain Resort Towns

Unprecedented wildfires in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains have killed three, forced the evacuation of thousands, and damaged hundreds of structures in the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Residents are bracing for a potential fourth day of fires as the forecast calls for high wind and lightning. Read More >>

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Thousands Evacuate Isreali City as Massive Wildfire Spreads

The Israeli government has deployed its fleet of firefighting planes to combat a wildfire that has forced tens of thousands to leave their homes in Isreal’s third largest city, Haifa. The fires have been exacerbated by dry, windy conditions. Manpower and larger aircraft are being sent from other countries. Read More >>

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‘Aspiring Weatherman’ Allegedly Sets Forest Fire for Facebook Views

An aspiring internet weatherman in eastern Kentucky was recently arrested on second-degree arson charges after authorities say he intentionally started a wildfire, the Associated Press reports. According to police, 21-year-old Johnny Mullins admitted to setting the fire to bring wider attention to his videos on Facebook. Read More >>

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Siberia Has Been Burning All Summer 

Siberia's wilds have been ferociously ablaze all summer, and nobody seems to be noticing. Read More >>

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Horrific Canadian Wildfires Now Overtaking Oil Facilities

The wildfire that swept through Fort McMurray two weeks ago has now breached a critical firebreak, threatening Canada’s largest oil production facilities, and forcing the evacuation of thousands more workers. As seen from space, this ongoing wildfire is a horrific sight to behold. Read More >>

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Satellite Images Reveal the Horrific Scope of Alberta’s Wildfires

Wildfires continue to ravage the Canadian province of Alberta, and experts say they could double in size and take months to extinguish. Here are the latest space-based images of this unprecedented natural disaster. Read More >>

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Spreading Wildfires Spawn Hell on Earth Scenario

The mass exodus from the Fort McMurray area in Alberta, Canada, has widened as wildfires continue to spread in and around the ravaged oil town. Officials have had to re-evacuate fleeing residents, while relocating its emergency headquarters some 200 miles south of the city. Read More >>

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Terrifying Wildfires Prompt the Evacuation of an Entire Canadian City

Residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta — home to 83,000 people — have been ordered to leave as an out-of-control wildfire swept into the city. It’s the largest fire evacuation in the province’s history. Read More >>

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This Timelapse of Californian Wildfires Is Absolutely Apocalyptic

Filmmaker Jeff Frost has documented over two dozen wildfires in California over the past several years. To convey the extent of these blazes, he has put together a timelapse video showing them from a unique—and horrifying—perspective. Read More >>

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A Global Tragedy is Unfolding in Tasmania

The blackened skeletons of scorched trees jut out of the smouldering Earth like angry bee stings. A smell of ash, dust, and death hangs in the air. This isn’t a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie. It’s part of a Tasmanian World Heritage Site that harbours some of the oldest trees on Earth. Read More >>

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Fires Caused These Massive Plumes of Carbon Monoxide to Appear Over Indonesia

Tens of thousands of wildfires ravaged Indonesia in September and October. A sizeable portion of these blazes was smouldering subterranean peat fires, which sent toxic gas and particulate matter into the atmosphere. This new map shows the extensive spread of one particularly nasty gas: carbon monoxide. Read More >>