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# fires - 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.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know this morning, including: Obama and advisers watching bin Laden’s death at it happened; gorse fires continue to burn in several counties; and actor Peter O’Toole’s Hollywood career is celebrated.

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.

# fires - Monday 2 May, 2011

Gorse fires continue to rage across northwest

Defence Forces members and three helicopters have been deployed over the northwest of the country to tackle extensive gorse fires – some of which fire officials believe were started deliberately.

# fires - 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.

# fires - Friday 18 February, 2011

Fires destroyed 780 hectares of forestry last year in Ireland

Around €3.5m worth of damage caused by blazes – some deliberately set – on lands and in wooded areas.

# fires - Monday 7 February, 2011

In photos: Australia's summer of disasters Australia This post contains images

In photos: Australia's summer of disasters

Australia has been struck by tropical storms, heavy flooding and bushfires over the past two months.

# fires - Thursday 5 August, 2010

TEMPERATURES IN Russia are set to top a scorching 40C in the next few days, dashing any hope of respite from the wildfires raging across the country.

Fires are spreading quickly as rising temperatures keep woodlands and forest areas dry. Over 17 regions east and north of Moscow have been affected by the fires, many of which have been described by the authorities as “uncontrollable”.

Watch a report from Russia Today:

The fires are raging so violently that the even sun has been blocked by rising clouds of smog across the sky.

At least 50 people have now died and over 2,000 homes have been destroyed since the fires began last month. Emergency services have been pushed to their limits, and the government has been forced to recruit volunteers to help battle the flames.

See scenes of firefighters attempting to quell the flames:

The emergency services’ response to the disaster has been poorly received by president Dmitry Medvedev, who has sacked several of his top ranking military officials after the fires destroyed a naval base just outside Moscow.

Meanwhile, concerns are growing about the possibility of the flames reaching a nuclear research facility in the central Russian city of Sarov. Over 3,000 emergency services personnel have been sent to the city, 400 kilometres east of Moscow, in the hope of protecting the site.

See some of the images from across Russia over the past few days:

# fires - Monday 2 August, 2010

FIREFIGHTERS in Russia are battling more than 400 fires and are facing the possibility that things could get much worse, with  weather of over 40 degrees estimated for central and southern Russia according to BBC News.

The news comes just as Russia felt it was getting over the worst of the wildfires.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that over 34 people have been killed, while thousands have lost their homes since the fires began last week. The area effected by the fires has spread to over 110,000 hectares. Strong winds have been fanning the flames, forcing villages, summer camps and hospitals to be evacuated. Many have been forced to stay in temporarily refugee centers.

240,000 people and 226 aircraft were sent to fight the blazes according to Sergei Shaposhnikov, the head of the civil defense department at the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Although the fires are a “traditional August disaster”, they seemed to strike early this year. A hot dry summer and temperatures of over 39 degrees (the hottest since records began in 1879) in Moscow, didn’t nothing to quench the disaster. The fires happen once every few decades and are part of a heatwave that has had an enormous effect on Russia.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promptly ordered local officials, including governors, to work on weekends.

“Neither fire nor wind have days off, so we can’t take any days off,” Putin said during a video conference Saturday.

Putin also said that homeowners who’s houses have been destroyed, will be compensated. He said Moscow will also begin an investigation into the lack of action from officials.

Artificial climate change could be the solution to the Russian fires. Test pilot Aleksandr Akimenkov says:

“Dispersing clouds may not really be a job for the air force, but aviation can provide a solution until we find another way. Regarding the Chernobyl explosion, our crews hampered the rains and helped stop the spread of radioactive substances throughout the Soviet Union. It could work well in the present drought,” he believes.

The Beginning of Fire in Tamboles Village in Russia – contains strong language.

Russia Today report.