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Oak Fire: Wildfire grows as firefighters battle punishing heat

 Firefighters say a fast-growing California wildfire  continues to grow  as they face sweltering temperatures.   The Oak Fire has now burned 15.603 acres of land and remains at "0%," the California Fire Department said  Sunday night.   But he added that the firefighting operation was not as severe as in previous days and that the firefighters were making progress.   More than 6,000 people were evacuated and 10 structures were destroyed. Another 4,444 3,271 structures - both homes and businesses - are at risk, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) reports.   At a community meeting on Sunday night, an official said he expects the blaze, which started on Friday, to begin to be extinguished "very soon".   A State of Emergency was declared Saturday in Mariposa County  and will allow the state to access  federal assistance to fight fires.   The scale of the fires marks a worrisome start to the California wildfire season, and officials have w

US heat wave soars as California wildfire rages

 Tens of millions of Americans were toasted in a scorching heatwave bracing for record temperatures on Saturday as a massive wildfire tore through parts of California.   Central and Northeast regions of the country are facing the brunt of  extreme temperatures, which are not expected to peak until Sunday at the earliest and have dispatched public health officials on the.   More than a dozen states are under  heat warning, with central US metropolitan areas such as Dallas and Oklahoma City expected to reach maximum temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (above 38 degrees Celsius) in at least  next 5 days.   Meanwhile, a heat emergency is  in effect for cities on the northeast coast, from Boston to Philadelphia to Washington.   Even the normally cool Pacific Northwest won't escape the extreme heat, with the region expected to face several days into the 90s next week.   High temperatures, demonstrating the threat of global warming, have  caused an increase in emergency calls for he

Met office forecasts heavy rains

 The meteorological department has forecast heavy and very heavy rain in most of Sindh's districts  with the possibility of flooding and inundation in major urban centers in the province.   According to the weather warning issued by the Regional Meteorological Center in Karachi on Thursday, strong monsoon winds are expected to enter Sindh from Friday evening and will prevail until Tuesday, May 26. Seven. Under the influence of the weather system, the possibility of rain, wind and thunderstorms over a large area with  heavy to very heavy rain scattered from July 23 to 26 in Tharparker, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Thatta, Tando Muhammad Khan , Tando Allayar, Hyderabad, Matiari, Sanghar Districts, Nawabshah, Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Shikarpur, Qambar, Shahdadkot, Ghotki and Kashmore, while the Karachi division could experience showers  from the 24th. until July  26.  or very heavy rain can cause flooding or urban inundation in low-lying areas of Karachi, H

Heat wave sparks fire at solar park in the Netherlands

 A heatwave that brought  record temperatures to Europe this week is believed to have been the cause of a fire that broke out on Tuesday at a solar park owned by British energy company Shell and located in Sas. van Gent, in the  province of Zeeland, Netherlands.   "For some unknown reason, the grass surrounding the solar park caught fire," the city's fire department said in a statement. "Dry grass and  strong winds helped fuel the fire, which burned a large area."   According to security agency Zeeland Veilig, firefighters were able to put out the fire, which affected an area of ​​about 5,000 square meters, under control in about two hours. "The fire burned the grass under the panels and the solar panels were not affected," the agency said. The 30 MW Zonnepark Sas van Gent-Zuid solar installation belongs to British energy company Shell and occupies  24.2 hectares of unused industrial land.   “Out of sight, participation of local residents in the constr

The UK just hit 40℃ for the first time. It’s a stark reminder of the deadly heat awaiting Australia

The fierce heat waves in Western Europe broke record temperatures, including the United Kingdom, where temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius for the first time on Tuesday. The village of Coningsby in eastern England has reached 40.3 ° C. This is tentatively the hottest temperature in British history. This record was previously held by Cambridge, which reached 38.7 ° C in 2019. I am a scientist interested in climate change and extreme weather. Growing up in the UK, I remember the big heat waves during my school vacation in 2003 and 2006. Traditionally, temperatures above 30 ° C are considered hot in the UK. However, it is shocking to see temperatures already above 40 degrees Celsius. Summer heat may be far from the people here in Australia. But the challenges of Europe are another sign that changes in the Earth's climate have already reached dangerous rates. If Britain can reach 40 degrees Celsius, Australia needs to prepare for even more deadly temperatures. European he

Rwanda Set to Roll Out 'Flood Sensors' to Mitigate Disasters

Rwanda will deploy flood sensors nationwide to strengthen its early warning system. Flood sensors (water level detectors) are installed in rivers, drainage channels and lakes by Rwanda to control and control the effects of rainwater (abnormal amounts of surface water) caused by heavy rains leading to floods. It's one of the investments. This move is based on the fact that Rwanda has lost more than 204 billion Rwanda as a result of inadequate stormwater management due to disasters such as floods and landslides. From January to mid-October last year, about 100 people were killed and 195 were injured in 4,444 disasters, mainly floods and landslides. At least 107 people died in the disaster in January-April this year alone. "Flood sensors update the water level, volume, depth and speed of rainwater in rivers and drainage channels every 5 to 15 minutes," said Rwanda Water Resources Commission (RWB) Flood Management and Reservoir Development Manager. Davis Bugingo said

UK braces for record-high temperatures during summer heat wave

The UK is bracing for record temperatures this week, with unprecedented health warnings issued as a national emergency has been declared. Temperatures are expected to soar to 98 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, but the highest and likely record high will be witnessed on Tuesday. For the first time, the Met Office has issued a 'red alert' to deal with unusual heat. The UK heatwave, linked to climate change, follows bushfires and scorching temperatures over the weekend in France, Portugal and Spain. Thousands of people have been forced to flee forest fires in southern France and Spain, and more than 1,000 deaths have been linked to heatwaves in Portugal and Spain since early July due to the Ministry of Health. implemented by this country. France could experience its hottest day ever on Monday, according to local media. The previous hottest day recorded in the UK was 38.7 C (101.6 F). But the number is set to be exceeded on Tuesday, with temperatures hitting the 40C (104F) thresh