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Dublin: 12 °C Thursday 17 August, 2017

#Forest Fire

# forest-fire - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

Four-year-old boy whose parents were on honeymoon among dead in Portugal fires

At least 64 people have died in fires that swept through the centre of the country at the weekend.

# forest-fire - Monday 19 June, 2017

Portugal in mourning as firefighters continue to battle deadly wildfire

At least 62 people died as the fire swept through central Portugal at the weekend.

# forest-fire - Sunday 18 June, 2017

Death toll from raging Portuguese forest fire rises to at least 62

Portugal was sweltering under a severe heatwave yesterday with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees celsius in several regions.

# forest-fire - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

'The scale of this fire is frightening': Out-of-control blaze stretches 8km long this evening

A blaze around 5km long is still burning at Cloosh Valley in Galway today.

# forest-fire - Monday 8 May, 2017

Thousands of acres of Irish forest at 'major risk of destruction'

The high temperatures of the past weekend have left Irish firefighters under pressure as many gorse fires broke out across the country.

# forest-fire - Thursday 21 April, 2016

People warned to stay away from a big part of Killarney National Park

A request has been made to the Air Corps to help fire-fighters in their attempts to extinguish the blaze.

# forest-fire - Monday 20 April, 2015

Smoke from a gorse fire blocked out the sun in Galway earlier

There were no reports of damage.

# forest-fire - Wednesday 6 August, 2014

‘Worst forest fire in living memory’ continues to rage in Sweden

The severity of the blaze prompted authorities to declare it a national emergency.

# forest-fire - Sunday 6 January, 2013

Police in Australia fear deaths in wildfires with 100 missing

The government has also warned of further danger across the nation from extreme heat predicted in several states this week.

# forest-fire - Sunday 27 May, 2012

Air Corps helicopter fights Donegal forest fire

The Air Corps AW 139 helicopter has so far been successful in containing the spread of the fires near Glengesh in south Donegal.

# forest-fire - Tuesday 3 May, 2011

Chief fire officers say geographical spread of wildfires were ‘unprecedented’ Fires This post contains images

Chief fire officers say geographical spread of wildfires were ‘unprecedented’

Rain forecast for some afflicted areas in next 48 hours may help in battle as Clare Chief Fire Officer condemns those who set blazes deliberately.

Fire chiefs warn that gorse blazes could continue into week

A boy of 10 is questioned in Northern Ireland, while firefighters continue to tackle blazes in Donegal and Offaly.

# forest-fire - Sunday 1 May, 2011

Efforts to tackle Donegal gorse fires continue, as fires break out in Mayo, Galway and Down

The Irish Defence Forces carry out aerial assessment of west Donegal area hit by gorse fire, as NI crews tackle major fires in the Mourne Mountain region.

# forest-fire - Friday 30 July, 2010

AT LEAST TWENTY-FIVE people have been killed in escalating forest fires in central Russia, including three firemen. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in the worst heatwave to strike the country in over 130 years.

The fires have spread through woods scorched dry by the heatwave and have destroyed hundreds of wooden houses in the countryside.

These drivers made a lucky escape as the blaze spread across their path:


Thousands of people in Moscow have been driven to exteme measures to escape the continuing heatwave, which began over two months ago. Around 2,000 people have drowned in rivers and lakes as they attempted to cool off.

Record-breaking temperatures were reached in the capital this week, but heavy rain is forecast to fall on Moscow today which could ease the cover of smog surrounding the city and help the city to cool down.

President Medvedev has reportedly sent members of the government out to assess the areas affected by the fires. Earlier, he tweeted that the ministry of defence is being deployed to tackle the blaze.

Here are photos from the fires and the heatwave: