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28 Jun 2011 description
report IRIN

BANGKOK, 28 June 2011 (IRIN) - Wildfires burn several hundred million hectares of vegetation around the world each year and appear to be growing in number and extent, but their impact on developing countries is particularly worrying, experts say.

24 Sep 2009 description

Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC's forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

Meanwhile, the newly emerging science points to some events thought likely to occur in longer-term time horizons, as already happening or set to happen far sooner than had previously been thought.

Researchers have …

22 Dec 2008 description

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D I S A S T E R R E L I E F

- Bolivia & Guatemala: IRT shipped nearly $1 million of relief supplies to aid flood victims in Bolivia and delivered 75 metric tons of emergency food to villagers in Guatemala who suffered crop failures from recent hurricanes.

- Louisiana: IRT sent 2 shipments of medicines and supplies worth more $66,400 to aid victims of Hurricane Ike.

28 Nov 2008 description

Release Number: 1810-013

PASADENA, Calif. -- A Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) comprised of federal, state, local and private nonprofit agencies has formed to address the needs of wildfire survivors in Los Angeles County.

19 Nov 2008 description
report Voice of America

By VOA News

Firefighters in the U.S.

18 Nov 2008 description

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US: CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES RESPONSE

More than 10,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes in San Fernando Valley and other areas in California where raging wildfires continue to burn. Gusty winds and high temperatures have kept the fires blazing creating a swath of destruction in recent weeks.

A grant from UMCOR will support the California-Pacific Annual Conference's relief efforts for those affected by the wildfires. UMCOR has been in contact with Rev.

18 Nov 2008 description

By Mary Milliken

LOS ANGELES, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Twice in the span of a month, wildfires have ravaged the same northeast corner of greater Los Angeles, destroying hundreds of homes and the good life offered by California's scenic beauty at the city's edge.

Visiting a mobile home park in the chaparral-covered foothills where 500 dwellings were leveled in the latest firestorm, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Sunday: "Every single time there is a fire like that we learn new things."

This time, he said, the state learned it should apply stricter building codes to …

17 Nov 2008 description

By Dan Whitcomb and Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Thousands of Southern Californians returned home to find their houses burned to the ground, or miraculously intact on Monday, after a wind-whipped weekend firestorm swept through bone-dry canyons and hillsides.

"It was really hard when we first got here. It was shocking.

17 Nov 2008 description

OAKLAND, Ca. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help California fight the Tea Fire in Santa Barbara County.

The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the Tea Fire.

The fire has burned almost 2,000 acres and is at zero percent containment.

16 Nov 2008 description
report Direct Relief

Direct Relief aid sent overnight via FedEx to help clinics responding to emergency

Working into the early morning hours today, Direct Relief staff completed six shipments of medical material aid to partner clinics in Oxnard, Tarzana, Garden Grove, and Los Angeles in response to the Sayre Fire.

16 Nov 2008 description

By Jill Serjeant and Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Wildfires hop-scotched around Southern California on Sunday although calmer winds slowed flames that have destroyed almost 1,000 houses, forced tens of thousands to evacuate and turned some neighborhoods into scenes resembling war zones.

A pall of towering, choking smoke blocked out the sun in much of the Los Angeles area and in Orange County to the south-east after flames ripped through tinder-dry brush.

16 Nov 2008 description
report American Red Cross

Sunday, November 16, 2008 - As wildfires race across many parts of Southern California, Red Cross volunteers have opened the doors of shelters to ensure evacuees have a safe place to rest. Fires are unpredictable and move as the wind shifts. But Red Cross help remains reliable even in the most uncertain of situations.

Sunday morning, nearly 300 people awoke in Red Cross shelters in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino Counties. Hundreds of other evacuees stopped in during the day for a meal or to get information about their neighborhoods.

16 Nov 2008 description

By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Fires raged for the fourth day around Southern California on Sunday but firefighters hoped lighter winds would help them combat blazes that have destroyed more than 800 houses, from mobile homes to multimillion-dollar mansions, and forced some 50,000 people to flee the flames.

A fourth major blaze ripped through tinder-dry brush in San Bernardino County, south-east of Los Angeles, in the early morning hours of Sunday, forcing dozens of people from their homes, firefighters said.

Elsewhere wildfires had scorched 18,000 acres (7,200 …

16 Nov 2008 description

Gusty winds drove wildfires into southern California cities in mid-November 2008. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite shows the Los Angeles metropolitan area on November 16, 2008. Places where the sensor detected active fires are outlined in red.

15 Nov 2008 description
report Direct Relief

Particulate Masks, Other Needed Materials Offered to Area Clinics

Direct Relief International today extended emergency medical assistance to in response to the Sayre Fire in Los Angeles County that has burned more than 2,600 acres, prompting evacuations of more than 5,000 residents.

The organization is coordinating its response with community-based clinics and health centers in the affected areas and with regional clinic associations, and has contacted 20 area clinics to offer assistance.

During wildfires, respiratory issues become one of the most pressing health concerns.

15 Nov 2008 description

By Steve Gorman and Anupreeta Das

LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Fires whipped up by hot, gusty and erratic winds darkened Los Angeles skies on Saturday, scorching thousands of acres and hundreds of homes in the second-largest U.S.

14 Nov 2008 description
report American Red Cross

An explosive wildfire destroyed numerous homes and a college dormitory in Montecito, California on Thursday, forcing thousands of people out of their homes. The Santa Barbara County Chapter of the American Red Cross opened a shelter on Thursday and provided 125 people affected by the wildfire with a safe place to stay. In addition, the Red Cross, in partnership with the Sallies, is providing meals to residents. Mental health services are also being provided.

Fire fighters faced wind gusts as high as 70 mph on Thursday night.