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Ontario Strafed by more than 150,000 lightning strikes in the space of five days

 
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Ontario Strafed by more than 150,000 lightning strikes in the space of five days
150,000 lightning strikes have Ontario burning
Globe and Mail - 12 hours ago
Strafed by more than 150,000 lightning strikes in the space of five days, Ontario´s tinder-dry forests were being ravaged by fire Tuesday as officials warned they may not have enough ...
Send firefighters – Ontario CBC Toronto
Ont. pleads for help with forest fires Ottawa Citizen
Alaska Highway News - Edmonton Sun - all 9 related »
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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bizarre use of the word ´strafe´...
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Ontario turns to other provinces for help as forest fire threat widens

CP) - Strafed by more than 150,000 lightning strikes in the space of five days, Ontario´s tinder-dry forests were being ravaged by fire Tuesday as officials warned they may not have enough personnel on hand to keep the blazes under control.

There were 147 active forest fires in the province, 63 of which started Monday, and more than 1,500 firefighters on the ground in the battle - 207 of whom were on loan from the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and the western provinces.

The province has seen twice the number of fires this year as the 10-year average - but has managed through proactive firefighting to keep them smaller than normal, said Ontario Fire Information Officer Bob Thomas.

The problem isn´t the number of fires, it´s the number of firefighters, Thomas said.

"We don´t have enough people to put people on all those fires," he said Tuesday from his office in Sault Ste. Marie.

"We have fires burning with no staff on them."

One hundred campers had to be evacuated Monday from the Big Water Lake Campground near Timmins when a nearby blaze got close enough to pose a serious threat.

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Ontario´s biggest fire is about 100 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, said Thomas, and it´s 5,000 hectares in size. It´s just one of 50 blazes that are burning out of control across the province, Thomas said.

Quebec has seen 800,000 hectares of forest consumed by fires this year, three times more than the 10-year average, said Lynham.
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scorching temperatures in indonesia/se asia, parts of euro, and parts of na. droughts in spain/port/fr and africa. lightning of course. ontario quite active with lightning.


forest fires are natural, but many places are facing the combination of scorching temperatures with little rainfall leaving tinder-like woods vulnerable to fires.


Ontario & quebec


Lightning sparks forest fires
London Free Press, Canada - 5 hours ago
There were 147 active forest fires in the province, 63 of which started Monday, and more than 1,500 firefighters on the ground in the battle --




indonesia


Malaysia plagued by fumes from Indonesian forest fires
AsiaNews.it, Italy - 4 hours ago
Cases of conjunctivitis and respiratory problems are multiplying in Kuala Lumpur. To blame are fumes coming from Indonesian forest fires. ...



washington

Washington smoke keeps fires in check
Billings Gazette, USA - 9 Aug 2005
... from fires in Washington state poured into Montana on Monday, creating a type of inversion that helped keep some of the state´s forest fires from expanding, a ...



spain and france


Fuerteventuranews.com Forest fires torch areas of Spain and France
Ireland Online, Ireland - 7 Aug 2005
Two firefighters died as at least 10 forest fires swept across tinder dry landscapes amid soaring summer temperatures across Spain, officials said yesterday. ...
Forest fires torch areas of Spain and France Fuerteventuranews.com
French firefighters battle forest fires in two southern areas Unison.ie (subscription)
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Russia


Forest fires continue to rage in Russia´s Far East region
Xinhua, China - 7 Aug 2005
7 (Xinhuanet) -- About 116,000 hectares of forest have already been destroyed as 33 forest fires are raging in Russia´s Far East region, said the Russian ...



norway

Major forest fires raging near Halden
Norway Post, Norway - 14 Jul 2005
Firefighters have been fighting three major forest fires near the city of Halden in Oestfold County throughout the night. Latest ...



montana



Lightning sparks 33 fires in Bitterroot
The Missoulian, MT - 7 Aug 2005
... The largest of the Bitterroot forest´s fires continue to be in the Rock Creek Complex burning above Lake Como in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. ...



brunei

Brunei Keeps Wary Eye On Hotpots
Bru Direct, Brunei Darussalam - 8 Aug 2005
... in thick haze reaching unhealthy levels, Brunei is warily looking at the weather as winds from the south-west are pushing smoke from forest fires in Kalimantan ...




eu recently


Southern Europe blazes in record heat
Independent, UK - 6 Aug 2005
... ever recorded in southern Europe are forecast for this weekend, placing the region on full-scale alert against a further devastating outbreak of forest fires. ...


European Commission - working to combat fire and drought in the EU
EUROPA (press release), Belgium - 1 hour ago
Recent years have witnessed an increase in forest fires in the EU Mediterranean region. In 2003, the total area burnt by forest ...



yukon alaska last year


Yukon forest fires changed air quality worldwide: study
CBC News, Canada - 2 Aug 2005
Last summer´s forest fires in Yukon and Alaska sent carbon monoxide pollution around the world, scientists say. Researchers looking ...



etc...



Forest fires kill 41 in China in Q2
Xinhua, China - 25 Jul 2005
BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhuanet) -- More than 5,340 forest fires happened in the second quarter of this year, leaving 41 people killed, 15 injured and more than ...



Portuguese villages evacuated after forest fires
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 21 Jul 2005
Some 1,800 firefighters and soldiers were yesterday battling half a dozen blazes in Portugal as one man was reported to have died and dozens more were ...




Channel 4 News Forest fires kill 14 in Spain
Channel 4 News, UK - 18 Jul 2005
At least 14 firefighters were killed when they were trapped by a forest fire in central Spain. The fire broke out on in a nature ...


Environmental disaster stares Spain in the face
The Age (subscription), Australia - 29 Jul 2005
... The deserts of Africa are poised to jump the Mediterranean and up to a third of Spain could soon become ... The drought has wrecked crops and sparked forest fires. ...
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Possible related note: Windsor and London, Ontario were downwind of the chemical fire toxic gas plume last night.

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