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Wildfires rage in Europe – from France to Croatia

Wildfires rage in Europe – from France to Croatia

World
Wildfires are raging in parts of central and southern Europe, with thousands of firefighters tackling blazes in five countries.About 12 wildfires broke out in Croatia's second largest city of Split, a popular tourist destination.Several cars were burned and a shopping centre was evacuated in the suburbs of Split, covering the area and thick black smoke.Around 4,500 hectares (11,120 acres) of land was destroyed, including homes, according to initial estimates.Firefighters worked through Monday night to bring the fire under control, but some parts of the city reportedly remain without water or electricity.Image:Fires are still active in several municipalities in MontenegroIn neighbouring Montenegro, forest fires forced the evacuation of more than 100 campers on the Lustica peninsula and spre...
Climate change could mean more wildfires in Alaska, northwest Canada

Climate change could mean more wildfires in Alaska, northwest Canada

Science
July 12 (UPI) -- Shortly after midnight on June 22, 2015, lightning struck along Alaska's Elliott Highway, 48km (30 miles) northwest of Fairbanks, igniting black spruce forests and tinder-dry grasses. The Aggie Creek Fire, as it was later called, would go on to burn for more than two months, scorching some 12,100 hectares (30,000 acres) and threatening the state's Alyeska oil pipeline. By the end of 2015, more than 2.06 million hectares (5.1 million acres) had burned in 770 fires across Alaska, an area roughly the size of Connecticut and second to only 2004's record-breaking 2.67 million hectares (6.6 million acres). In 2014, Northwest Territories saw the worst fire season since 1975, when 385 fires burned 3.4 million hectares (8.4 million acres) in the Canadian territory.The majority of f...