Wildfire

Halkidiki fire brought under partial control

A wildfire that broke out on Wednesday afternoon in a forested area of Sithonia, one of the three peninsulas of Halkidiki, northern Greece, was brought under partial control a few hours later, the fire service said.

A 30-strong team of firefighters with 11 vehicles is in the area of Pigadakia since the start of the blaze.

Fire raging near Ukraine's Chernobyl poses radiation risk, say activists

A huge forest fire in Ukraine that has been raging for more than a week is now just one kilometer from the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant and poses a radiation risk, Greenpeace Russia warned on April 13, citing satellite images.   

Ukraine's Emergency Situations Service said it was still fighting the fires, but that the situation was under control.   

Chernobyl Forest Fires Rage for more than a Week, Radiation Pollution Possible

Forest fires in Chernobyl continue for more than a week, and nearly 400 firefighters are involved in their extinguishing, DPA reported.

Environmental experts fear that these fires could come in contact with radioactive ash on the ground and spread radioactive smoke to the capital Kiev, which is about 100 km south of Chernobyl.

Australia's capital braces as hot, windy conditions fuel bushfires

Soaring temperatures and strong winds stoked unpredictable bushfires near Australia's capital city on Feb. 1, closing a major highway and prompting warnings for some residents that it was too late to evacuate.

Skies along the Monaro Highway in the Australian Capital Territory turned orange-red as an uncontrolled blaze ballooned to more than 35,000 hectares (74,000 acres) in size.

Rain in Australia Caused Flooding (VIDEO)

Locals said that something like this this had not happened in several years.

After wildfires affecting vast forest areas, Australia was hit by storms. Although the rain is not enough to extinguish the fires, it was welcomed.

In some parts of New South Wales, there were even floods, and locals said it hadn't happened in several years.

 

Australian wildfire smoke stokes health fears in cities

Fire alarms have been sounding in high-rise buildings across downtown Sydney and Melbourne as dense smoke from distant wildfires confuse electronic sensors. Modern government office blocks in the Australian capital Canberra have been closed because the air inside is too dangerous for civil servants to breathe.

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