/ 10 August 2021

California feels the heat

Californian firefighters are battling the largest single blaze in the state’s history. The Dixie fire started in mid-July, and as conditions worsened in recent days, it has burned through almost 200,000 hectares. For a size guide, it’s a bit more than 10% of the area of Oz that burned in the Black Summer fires of 2019-20. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but big energy company Pacific Gas & Electric says a tree that fell on powerlines may have provided the spark. Reports say that it and 11 other fires will continue to trouble state authorities and likely lead to more property losses and evacuations in the coming days. And in Greece, firefighters are struggling to contain fires on the island of Evia leading locals to call for more help. The government says it’s doing all it can, but the BBC’s reporter on the ground says “there is a feeling that the authorities are letting people down”.

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