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Wildfires grow worldwide as climate sizzles


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2021 Aug 21, 7:29,
A firefighter battles the Dixie Fire shortly after it jumped Highway 395 south of Janesville in Lassen County, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS

The summer season of wildfires is growing more intense and destructive as the climate sizzles.

July was the planet’s hottest month in 142 years of record-keeping, according to US weather officials. Several US states — including California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington — also saw their hottest ever July.

Firemen use a hose to extinguish a fire near Le Luc, southern France, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. Thousands of people fled homes, campgrounds, and hotels near the French Riviera as firefighters battled a blaze that raced through nearby forests, sending smoke pouring down wooded slopes toward vineyards in the picturesque area.  Photo: AP/RSS
Firemen use a hose to extinguish a fire near Le Luc, southern France, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. Thousands of people fled homes, campgrounds, and hotels near the French Riviera as firefighters battled a blaze that raced through nearby forests, sending smoke pouring down wooded slopes toward vineyards in the picturesque area. Photo: AP/RSS
A home burns on Jeters Road as the Dixie fire jumps Highway 395 south of Janesville, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS
A home burns on Jeters Road as the Dixie fire jumps Highway 395 south of Janesville, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS

In August, wildfires continued to rage across the western United States and Canada, southern Europe, northern Africa, Russia, Israel, and elsewhere.

In Greece, which is suffering its most severe heatwave in decades, a large wildfire this week threatened villages outside Athens. Thousands of people were evacuated from homes in a region of the French Riviera threatened by blazing fires. Recent wildfires have killed at least 75 people in Algeria and 16 in Turkey, local officials said.

A helicopter drops water over a wildfire in Koycegiz, Mugla, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS
A helicopter drops water over a wildfire in Koycegiz, Mugla, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS
Evacuated campers play cards in a gymnasium in Bormes-Les-Mimosas, southern France, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS
Evacuated campers play cards in a gymnasium in Bormes-Les-Mimosas, southern France, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS

Drought conditions and high temperatures in northern California have given rise to the Dixie Fire, which has been ablaze for a month and burned more than 1,000 square miles. Some 1,600 people in Lake County were recently ordered to flee approaching flames, and children were rushed out of an elementary school as a nearby field burned.

Last week a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change called Earth’s rapidly warming temperatures a “ code red for humanity.” The report calls climate change clearly human-caused and “an established fact,” and co-author and climate scientist Linda Mearns told the AP that the disrupted global climate leaves “nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.”

A man drops water to burning trees during a wildfire in the Adames area, northern Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. Hundreds of residents living near a forest area north of Athens fled their homes. Photo: AP/RSS
A man drops water to burning trees during a wildfire in the Adames area, northern Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. Hundreds of residents living near a forest area north of Athens fled their homes. Photo: AP/RSS
Volunteers pause while working at the scene of a forest fire near Kyuyorelyakh village at Gorny Ulus area west of Yakutsk, in Russia Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS
Volunteers pause while working at the scene of a forest fire near Kyuyorelyakh village at Gorny Ulus area west of Yakutsk, in Russia Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS
Turkish volunteers rest as they fight wildfires in Turgut village, near the tourist resort of Marmaris, Mugla, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS
Turkish volunteers rest as they fight wildfires in Turgut village, near the tourist resort of Marmaris, Mugla, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Photo: AP/RSS
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