California is bracing for another dangerously warm weekend, with dry winds, parched vegetation, and triple-digit temperatures threatening to ignite new fires and complicating containment efforts in an embattled state. With only a few weeks’ reprieve after a record heatwave in early September, firefighters have made progress in containing the dozens of blazes tearing across the region. But fatigued crews – many of whom have spent weeks fighting on the frontline – are preparing for a potentially rough week ahead.
Guardian 25th Sept 2020 read more »
Volunteer fire fighters are battling so-called “zombie fires” in Siberia, a phenomenon which one environmentalist described as a “climate bomb”. A large peat fire in the Suzunsky pine forest, part of a wildlife reserve in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, has been burning for months, Greenpeace told The Independent, and perhaps since last year. They are dubbed “zombie fires” because of being incredibly difficult to extinguish, even in the harsh conditions of Siberia.
Independent 25th Sept 2020 read more »