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Bolivia, on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, is experiencing brush fires, much like Brazil.

As Bolivian forests burn, Evo's bet on Big Farming comes under fire
A tree trunk burns at the Guarani Nation Ecological Conservation Area Nembi Guasu in the Charagua region, an area where wildfires have destroyed hectares of forest, Bolivia August 29, 2019. REUTERS/David Mercado

A tree trunk burns at the Guarani Nation Ecological Conservation Area Nembi Guasu in the Charagua region, an area where wildfires have destroyed hectares of forest, Bolivia August 29, 2019. REUTERS/David Mercado

In the tropical Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a wealthy farming hub on the edge on the Amazon rainforest, President Evo Morales gathered with ranchers late last month to celebrate a maiden shipment of beef to China.

An elaborate ceremony was staged to mark what was supposed to be a crowning achievement in Morales’ plan to make Bolivia a global foods supplier - entry to China’s massive market just as Beijing shops around for alternatives to U.S. producers.

“This is just another tool to ensure we continue growing economically,” said Bolivia’s first indigenous president, who often goes as “Evo,” at the Aug. 28 event. The country would send 8,000 tonnes of beef to China next year, he added.

On the outskirts of the city, however, the cost of a rapid increase in farming was clearly visible. Wildfires were raging, likely sparked by a rise in slash-and-burn land clearances for cattle ranching or soy farming.

The Bolivian fires, which mirror those burning across swatches of Brazil, threaten to derail Morales’ bid for a fourth consecutive term in office and another five years of “Evonomics,” his brand of capitalism mixed with socialist state intervention.

Critics link the fires to laws Morales has passed encouraging farmers and ranchers to settle in forested areas in recent years. That includes permission this year to use slash-and-burn methods to ramp up output despite a drought.

The scale of the fires is massive, threatening what is seen as a natural bulwark against climate change. In recent weeks, they have swept over 2.1 million hectares (5.2 mln acres) in land-locked Bolivia, an area almost the size of New Jersey, burning more than 700,000 hectares of forest in protected reserves, according to a report by local conservation group FAN.


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Residents are being evacuated after a lightning strike ignited a wildfire in Tehama County, California, on Sept. 5. The wildfire spread rapidly, scorching through 6,000 acres of land in just a few hours time
As the number of wildfires burning across California continues to grow, bouts of strong winds will further increase the fire danger into early next week.

Sundowner winds, or gusty, northerly winds that develop when an area of high pressure sits just offshore of California, will batter parts of Southern California, the San Joaquin Valley and the Grapevine through Monday night.

Sustained winds of 20-30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph, will be common in these areas, especially during the evening and overnight hours.
Sunshine and very dry conditions will accompany the Sundowner wind events, further drying out vegetation and enhancing the risk for wildfire growth, spread and development.

There are currently one dozen wildfires burning across California, according to Inciweb.

The Red Bank Fire, which was started by lightning on Thursday, has exploded to 7,754 acres in size as of Saturday morning and is only 9 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

The fire, which is located about 30 miles southeast of Redding, has prompted mandatory evacuations for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and areas between Tedoc Road and Vestal Road.

The Tenaja Fire, located just west of Temecula in the Elsinore Mountains, has charred 2,000 acres and was only 35 percent contained as of Saturday morning.

Although the fire prompted evacuation orders on Thursday, residents were allowed to return to their homes on Friday as firefighters made significant strides in containment efforts, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The cause of the Tenaja Fire is still under investigation as of Saturday.

Unfortunately, the weather will not cooperate for firefighters hoping to gain more ground on the ongoing blazes as low humidity accompanies gusty winds statewide.



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Villages evacuated as wildfire rages on Greek island of Zakynthos
People look at the smoke rising from the side of a hill due to a wildfire on the island of Zakynthos, Greece September 15, 2019. in this still image obtained from social media. ANJA FRUGTE-POSTEMA/via REUTERS

September 15, 2019 - A large wildfire on the Greek island of Zakynthos fanned by strong winds forced the evacuation of two villages on Sunday.

No fatalities were reported and the winds were not expected to subside before Tuesday. “We evacuated about 300 residents and tourists from the villages of Keri and Agalas as a precaution,” a fire service spokesman told Reuters. “The fire is near homes.”

Zakynthos island is about 300 kilometers (186.41 miles) west of Athens.

More than 100 firefighters were battling the blaze backed by 28 fire trucks. Two water-bombing helicopters and four planes participated in the operation earlier on Sunday.

Another wildfire raged in Loutraki region, 80 kilometers from Athens, and the fire brigade said it had been called to put out more than 70 fires in the last 24 hours.


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Firefighters in Bolivia lose hope of taming blazes as burned area doubles
A firefighter of Argentina's army works to control the fire near Santa Monica community in Concepcion, Bolivia, September 20, 2019.  REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A firefighter of Argentina's army works to control the fire near Santa Monica community in Concepcion, Bolivia, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

September 22, 2019 - Bolivian volunteer firefighters, exhausted from battling blazes sweeping rapidly across the country’s lowlands, are starting to lose hope and retreat from the front lines of some infernos in the drought-stricken region.

The fires this year are Bolivia’s worst in at least two decades, with the size of burned land across the country nearly doubling in under three weeks, destroying swaths of bio-diverse forest and ranches and farms that sustain thousands of people.
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Australian homes destroyed by spring fires in 'horrible' warning
Firefighters battle bushfires in Busbys Flat, northern NSW, Australia, October 9, 2019. AAP Image/Jason O'Brien/via REUTERS

More than 20 homes have been destroyed by spring fires in Australia, officials said on Wednesday, straining communities already suffering under the region's worst drought conditions in living memory.

Rains, military response help curb fires in Brazil's Amazon in September
Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) fire brigade members attempt to control hot points during a fire at Tenharim Marmelos Indigenous Land, Amazonas state, Brazil, September 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

The number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has receded, falling 36% in September from August to well below a 20-year historic average for the month, amid improved weather conditions and containment efforts by the country's military.


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A brush fire broke out in Sylmar late Thursday night near homes and power lines, quickly burning over 20 acres

SYLMAR, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Mandatory evacuation orders were issued after an aggressive brush fire broke out in Sylmar late Thursday night, quickly scorching over 60 acres and burning right up to homes and power lines.

The wind-driven fire, deemed the Saddleridge Fire, broke out shortly before 10 p.m. near the westbound 210 Freeway near Yarnell Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Traffic on the freeway was stopped as flames jumped from the westbound side to the eastbound side, though it was not clear if authorities shut the lanes or if drivers simply stopped ahead of the fire.

Evacuation orders were issued for the Oakridge Estates community north of the 210 Freeway.

Over 280 personnel were on scene battling the blaze, deemed a "Major Emergency" incident by LAFD, the highest classification there is for a fire emergency. Los Angeles and Kern county crews were in unified command for the incident.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power shut down power along major transmission lines. However, power lines were rerouted to a different source to avoid any power outages.

DEVELOPING: This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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Homes gutted by huge forest fires in Lebanon’s Shouf mountains
Homes gutted by huge forest fires in Lebanon’s Shouf mountains

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A massive blaze rips through the Shouf mountain range. (Twitter: @michaeltabbal)

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Above, a picture of the huge forest fire posted on Twitter by the Lebanese civil defense.

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A fire engine drives past the burnt remains of a van on the side of a road lined with scorched trees. (Supplied)

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Residential areas have been evacuated in some places as the flame and smoke makes them too dangerous for people to stay. (Supplied)

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In some areas the flames are lapping up the sides of mountains. (Supplied)

October 15, 2019 - DUBAI: Homes were gutted by huge forest fires that have ripped through the Shouf mountains in the center of the country, the Lebanese civil defense said on Tuesday.

More than 100 firefighters from 20 civil defense stations were working with the Lebanese army to to battle the massive fire, civil defense said.

Firefighters managed to earlier control the forest fire, but strong winds and high temperatures rekindled the blaze. Firefighters are also battling forest fires in Akkar district, after extinguishing fires on the outskirts of Ain Tinta and Qobeiyat. A large fire continues to swallow up parts of an oak forest on the outskirts of Ain Yaacoub, civil defense said.

Interior Minister Raya El Hassan, who visited the Shouf blaze site that started two days ago, said that it is currently “fire season.”

There have been no reports of casualties, civil defense stated.


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This is a good analysis of the long term land use policy / forestry / electric utility / wildfire nightmare that's playing out in Northern California right now: The Lights Went Out in California: That Was the Plan All Along .
Yes, that that was good - it is over at SoTT too:

As for fire statistics, Tony Heller reminds people with this data (screen shot below). The small graph to the right in orange is overlaid on the truer historical record and shows what is now the published historical fire burn/acre record in the US that over emphasis and distorts the general IPCC's position on this subject. Obviously population densities pre1958 were not as concentrated in both rural and urban areas as they are today, and Tony does not discuss rapid attack fire suppression systems which can handle small fires (while Parks adopted the policy of non or limited fire suppression intervention with the 1964 Wilderness Act in the US). Yet on the basis of heat, those earlier years had more of it and much more burned (often where no populations were concentrated, thus no one paid attention).


In the article above, note the side by side photo of forest density at Yosemite (1899/1994), which is similar as a growth cycle in many places, including Canada. So, many reading were either born in the mid, mature or over-mature periods of this current forest stand cycle and have seen no other cycles, and the fuel now in many of these stands is over-mature and primed for wildfire. Drought, winds, lightning and carelessness does the rest.

Grass/brush fire is a contributor.
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