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    Sea rescue as people flee bushfires

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    ABOUT six people had been rescued from the sea after fleeing bushfires raging on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula, the State Emergency Service said today.

    Deputy chief officer Stuart Macleod said the SES launched a boat from Port Lincoln to rescue the group, who fled as the intense fires approached North Shields, on the lower part of the peninsula.
    "We deployed a vessel out of Port Lincoln which went up to North Shields, which is where the worst of the fires has been on the coast thus far," he said.

    "Some people had moved into the sea to escape the fire. Our people picked them up and brought them back to shore.

    "There was only one load of people, so about half a dozen or so."

    He said the vessel had since returned to Port Lincoln but it remained on standby in case it was needed again.

    At least five people have died in the bushfires, police confirmed this afternoon.

    Mr Macleod said the SES was working to support the efforts of the Country Fire Service, including setting up roadblocks and conducting resupply runs to fire crews.

    "We're just basically helping the fire service get on with their job," he said.
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    Firefighters battle two blazes

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    FIREFIGHTERS battled two grassfires in country Victoria this afternoon as temperatures reached 40C.

    About 70 appliances from the Country Fire Authority were called to a 2000ha grass fire about 3km south of Carranballac in western Victoria.
    The fire, which began about 3pm (AEDT), was travelling in a southerly direction but a wind change was expected by 10pm which could push it east, CFA spokesman John Tindall said.

    No houses or buildings have been threatened but smoke and ash has affected the nearby towns of Lismore and Derrinallum.

    The Hamilton Highway and railway line have been closed.

    Mr Tindall said firefighting efforts were being hampered by rough terrain.

    "This is difficult country where it's very, very rocky and it's difficult to get trucks in and out of there," he said.

    "It's not one of the best places to have a fire and its caused us some concern to get into and deal with."

    CFA and Department of Sustainability and Environment firefighters are also fighting a grass and scrub fire which has covered about 60ha, 11km north of Balmoral, in Victoria's far west.

    About 20 tankers are in attendance.
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    Tasmanian firefighters on alert
    Tasmanian firefighters are preparing themselves for hot and windy weather conditions forecast for this afternoon.

    A fire weather warning in place for the state's south and King Island.

    The district officer with the Tasmania Fire Service, Ken Burns, is discouraging anyone from burning off and lighting open fires.

    "Any fire burning in the open has got the potential to spread rapidly and be difficult to control so we discourage people generally from doing any burning of any sort today," he said.

    Firefighters worked hard to contain more than 30 vegetation fires overnight and will closely monitor them throughout the day.
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    Post Deadly

    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Firefighters struggled Wednesday to
    contain Australia's most deadly wildfire in more than two decades
    with nine people killed and another six missing, officials said.
    The fire, which started Monday, has burned through about 145,000
    hectares (358,295 acres) of grass and farmland on South Australia
    state's Eyre Peninsula, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of
    Adelaide.
    Eight of the victims - including two children aged 4 and 2 -
    burned to death in their cars as they tried to flee the blaze on
    Tuesday and another woman was found dead in her home on Wednesday,
    police spokeswoman Kylie Walsh said.
    Six others are missing and feared dead in the wreckage left by
    the raging fires.
    "It will be some time, perhaps days, before the identity of any
    of the deceased can be established," Walsh said.
    The Eyre Peninsula blaze is the worst wildfire to hit Australia
    since the so-called Ash Wednesday fires of 1983, in which 75 people
    were killed in South Australia and neighboring Victoria state.
    Fanned by strong winds and temperatures in excess of 44 degrees
    Celsius (111 Fahrenheit), the fire raged out of control on Tuesday,
    forcing many local residents to flee their homes and seek refuge on
    nearby beaches or in the sea.
    The inferno razed five houses, two cabins, three sheds, one
    shop, seven vehicles, 15 caravans and four boats.
    Peninsula resident Russell Puckridge said he had only three
    minutes to vacate his home before it was enveloped by flames.
    "I've been here nearly 15 years and this year we paid our house
    off, but she's gone, gone," he told ABC radio.
    About 250 firefighters continued to fight the blaze Wednesday
    afternoon.
    "Our big priority now is that the fire is not actually yet
    contained," state emergency services minister Patrick Conlon said,
    citing concerns that the hot weather was set to continue.
    Temperatures were slightly cooler on Wednesday, but were
    expected to rise again to about 36 degrees Celsius (97 Fahrenheit)
    on Thursday, fire services spokesman Chris Smith said.
    Prime Minister John Howard on Wednesday expressed sadness over
    the deaths, saying they were "a terrible reminder of the
    ever-present threat of bushfires and their devastating effect on
    this country."
    Meanwhile, a separate wildfire in Victoria burned through about
    8,500 hectares (21,004 acres) of grass in public and private
    properties, destroying a house, a car, a shed and about 2,000 head
    of sheep.

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    Worst Australia bushfires in 20 yrs under control
    ADELAIDE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Firefighters brought
    Australia's deadliest bushfires in 20 years under control on
    Wednesday after nine people died in the blazes.
    Up to 15 more people were missing, emergency officials
    said.
    Large areas of southern Australia are on alert for more
    outbreaks after fires raced in a line across the Eyre
    peninsula, about 250 km (155 miles) west of the South Australia
    state capital Adelaide.
    The South Australian Country Fire Service said the Eyre
    peninsula fires, which began on Monday, had been brought under
    control earlier on Wednesday.
    State police said the body of a woman had been found in a
    home in the tiny coastal hamlet of North Shields.
    Eight others, including two young children, were confirmed
    dead on Tuesday. All eight died in their cars as they tried to
    flee the blazes, fanned by high winds and scorching
    temperatures.
    South Australian Police Commissioner Mal Hyde declared the
    fires a major emergency, meaning emergency aid and recovery
    must be provided for 48 hours.
    The fires burned out about 100,00 hectares (250,000 acres),
    including grazing land. Property damage has been described as
    significant and estimates of livestock losses have been put at
    10,000.
    Fire alerts remain this week for South Australia,
    neighbouring Victoria and New South Wales, Australia's most
    populous state.
    Bushfires are a constant threat to tinder-dry bushland
    during the sweltering Australian summer, although the Eyre
    peninsula fires were the first major blazes of this season.
    Fires described as Australia's worst environmental disaster
    destroyed more than three million hectares (7.4 million acres)
    across three states and territories, killing four people in the
    capital Canberra, in the summer of 2002/03.
    In 1983, the devastating "Ash Wednesday" fires in South
    Australia and Victoria killed 76 people.



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    Post Nine dead, 3 missing

    By MERAIAH FOLEY
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    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Firefighters contained a wildfire that
    killed nine people and left three others missing, the nation's
    deadliest blaze in more than two decades, officials said Thursday.
    The fire, which started Monday, has consumed about 358,300 acres
    of grass and farmland on South Australia state's Eyre Peninsula,
    about 250 miles west of Adelaide.
    Country Fire Service spokeswoman Leanne Adams said 80 new
    firefighters arrived on the peninsula Thursday to relieve earlier
    crews. Their next task was to burn a 100-foot fire break around the
    85-mile perimeter of the fire, she said.
    "The fire is contained. There were no flare ups overnight,"
    Adams said.
    Eight of the victims - including two children aged 4 and 2 -
    burned to death in their cars as they tried to flee the blaze
    Tuesday and another woman was found dead in her home Wednesday,
    police spokeswoman Kylie Walsh said.
    Three others were missing and feared dead, she said. "It will
    be some time, perhaps days, before the identity of any of the
    deceased can be established."
    Fanned by strong winds and temperatures reaching 111 degrees,
    the fire raged out of control Tuesday. Local residents to fled to
    beaches or sought refuge in the sea. The inferno razed houses,
    shops, vehicles and boats.
    Peninsula resident Russell Puckridge said he had only three
    minutes to vacate his home before it was enveloped by flames.
    "I've been here nearly 15 years and this year we paid our house
    off, but she's gone, gone," he told ABC radio.
    Prime Minister John Howard on Wednesday said the deaths were "a
    terrible reminder of the ever-present threat of bushfires and their
    devastating effect on this country."
    A separate wildfire in Victoria burned through about 21,000
    acres of public and private properties, destroying a house, a car,
    a shed and about 2,000 head of sheep.
    The Eyre Peninsula blaze is the worst wildfire to hit Australia
    since the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983. That fire killed 75 people
    in South Australia and neighboring Victoria state.

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    Uruguay wildfire forces tourists to flee
    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Reuters) - A wildfire that has
    been burning for two days has forced thousands of vacationers
    out of Uruguay's Santa Teresa National Park and nearby tourist
    attractions, officials said Wednesday.
    The fire has partially destroyed the park, on the eastern
    coast of Uruguay, and was threatening the popular fishing
    village of Punta del Diablo, 190 miles east of
    Montevideo.
    "The fire has returned (to Punta del Diablo), it has
    changed direction but it is being fought back," Jose Maria
    Rivero, director of the National Emergency System, told
    Reuters.
    So far, 10,000 people have been forced to leave the area.
    Uruguay's beaches and nearby woodlands are very popular
    with Latin American tourists, particularly Argentines.
    Another fire that was creeping toward the beach resort of
    La Coronilla, further east, was stopped just miles from town.
    La Coronilla is 25 miles from the border with Brazil.
    Argentina has offered assistance in fighting the blaze and
    Brazilian firefighters were already helping.
    Four men have been arrested in connection with the blazes,
    fire chief Hugo Romeo told a local newspaper Wednesday.
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    By JOSE P. MONEGRO
    Associated Press Writer
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - The Dominican Republic
    may ask Puerto Rico to help fight a forest fire that's been raging
    in the Caribbean nation's central mountain range for nearly two
    weeks, officials said Monday.
    Clouds at high elevation and smoke from the fire has hindered
    firefighting efforts and made it impossible to estimate how much
    land is burning, said Milton Tejada, a spokesman for the
    environment secretary.
    "We have more than 700 men working in the area, but conditions
    are favorable for the fire," Tejada said. "If necessary, we would
    ask Puerto Rico to use a plane and a helicopter" to dump retardant
    on the blaze.
    Dominican authorities were investigating the cause of the fire,
    which began in the lower part of Duarte Mountain in the Jose del
    Carmen Ariza National Park, said Danneris Santana, sub-secretary of
    environment.
    Santana said vegetation in the area was dry because of little
    rain in the past few months.
    The National Meteorology Center said Monday no rain was expected
    over the next three days.
    Set at 3,175 meters (10,416 feet) above sea level, the popular
    hiking area around Duarte Mountain has been closed since last
    weekend because of the blaze.
    The central mountain range covers approximately 758 square
    kilometers (293 square miles) and comprises a handful of cities
    including Santiago, the country's second largest with 1 million
    people.
    Though the fire is over 30 kilometers (18 miles) away from
    Santiago, authorities said smoke had reached the city. Authorities
    said the blaze has yet to come close to any houses or structures.
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    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - About 700 firefighters
    and soldiers dug fire lines Tuesday as they battled a raging forest
    fire in the Caribbean nation's touristy central mountain range.
    Clouds and thick smoke prevented military helicopters from
    dropping water or retardant on the blaze, said Col. Francisco
    Fernandez, spokesman for the Dominican armed forces.
    The Dominican Republic has asked Puerto Rico to lend a special
    plane to drop retardant during fly overs, Fernandez said.
    Poor visibility has made it impossible to estimate how much land
    was burning or investigate the cause of the fire, authorities said.
    A dry spell over the past few months has withered vegetation and
    it was likely to continue through April, said Jose Maria Duquela,
    director of the National Meteorology Office.
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    Post Update March 29th

    By PETER PRENGAMAN
    Associated Press Writer
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Hundreds of
    firefighters dug trenches around the perimeter of the highest peak
    in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, trying to contain a forest
    fire that broke out nearly three weeks ago on its drought-stricken
    slopes, an official said.
    The fire has consumed at least 63 square kilometers (24 square
    miles) of forest, but the devastation might turn out to be more
    extensive once a thorough survey of the area can be done, said
    Environment Secretary Max Puig, giving the government's first
    damage estimates.
    Clouds at the high elevation and smoke from the fire have
    hindered firefighting efforts since the fire began March 11 in the
    lower part of Duarte Mountain in the Jose del Carmen Ariza National
    Park, some 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of the capital Santo
    Domingo.
    The popular hiking area around the 3,175-meter (10,416-foot)
    Duarte Mountain has been closed since then. Puig said authorities
    were still investigating what caused the fire.
    About 700 firefighters and soldiers were close to containing the
    blaze by digging trenches around its perimeter, while two
    Venezuelan helicopters dropped retardant on hot spots. Authorities
    expect the fire to burn itself out within a few days unless new
    focal points pop up outside the trenches, Puig said.
    The worst drought in five years has withered vegetation and made
    forests in the Caribbean nation particularly flammable, said Miguel
    Campusano, forecast director for the National Weather Office.
    Campusano said rainfall between January and April was normally
    low, but this year it had been almost nonexistent. Campusano said
    in the central mountain range only 2.7 millimeters (0.1 inches) of
    rain fell in February, far below the average 116 millimeters (4.6
    inches) for that month.
    Campusano attributed the drought to the El Nino weather pattern,
    which he said was causing warmer-than-normal sea surface
    temperatures that reduced storm conditions and thus overall
    precipitation.
    The drought has also affected other Caribbean countries.
    Little rain has fallen in western Puerto Rico since November.
    In nearly a month, some 250 acres (100 hectares) of forest have
    been consumed in three spots in the State Forest of Maricao, in
    west central Puerto Rico, said fire department chief German Ocasio.
    Some small farmhouses have been burned, but no injuries or deaths
    have been reported.
    Although the fires have been contained, they will probably not
    be completely extinguished until expected April rains.
    For the past month, many bushfires have broken out in St.
    Elizabeth parish, a farming region in southern Jamaica. Several
    farms have been burned, but no injuries or deaths have been
    reported.
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    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Authorities in Guadalajara declared a smog
    alert Tuesday, closing schools after forest fires raging nearby
    blanketed much of Mexico's second-largest city with a pall of thick
    gray smog.
    Hundreds of fire fighters and volunteers were battling more than
    a dozen separate blazes in forests outside the city, 280 miles (450
    kilometers) west of the nation's capital.
    But the worst smoke came from two large fires, one sparked by a
    campfire, Monday afternoon in the Bosque de la Primavera reserve.
    The blazes destroyed hundreds of acres of woodlands, raising the
    level of suspended particles in the air to unhealthy levels,
    authorities said.
    The education secretary for Jalisco state, which includes
    Guadalajara, ordered all municipal schools closed and the city's
    main universities also shut their doors to protect students,
    faculty members and staff from unhealthy air.
    Officials from the state health secretary issued a
    recommendation that residents stay in doors and said they had taken
    extra precautions to treat asthma patients who could be especially
    affected.
    Mexico has seen more fires so far in 2005 than in any of the
    preceding four years, and still must suffer through five to six
    more weeks of dry, hot weather before seasonal rains set in, said
    Environment Secretary Alberto Cardenas.
    Forest fires were also burning in Puebla and Oaxaca states and
    in the southern state of Chiapas, where blazes devoured hundreds of
    federally protected acres in the Lacandon jungle.
    Cardenas said abundant rains in recent years had fed the growth
    of forests, increasing the potential for fires.

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    ZAPOPAN, Mexico (AP) - Efforts to control dwindling wildfires in
    western Mexico claimed a life on Saturday as a helicopter crashed
    outside Guadalajara, killing the pilot, authorities reported.
    No other people were on board the privately owned helicopter
    when it plunging into a river near Zapopan, about 290 miles (470
    kilometers) west of Mexico City, said Julio Quinones, a spokesman
    for the Zapopan police department.
    The helicopter had been helping federal authorities monitor the
    smoldering aftermath of several forest fires in the Bosque de la
    Primavera reserve.
    The fires had sent a pall of smoke over Guadalajara, Mexico's
    second-largest city, where a health alert was issued and schools
    were closed as a result of poor air quality. Schools reopened on
    Thursday.
    Skies were calm on Saturday, and the cause of the crash was not
    immediately known, police said.
    Mexico has seen more fires so far in 2005 than in any of the
    preceding four years and still must suffer through several weeks of
    dry, hot weather before seasonal rains arrive.

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    Post Fires turn deady

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Forest fires raging in a rural corner of
    Mexico's most-populous state Wednesday killed four adults and two
    children who had volunteered to help combat the flames, federal
    authorities said.
    Environment Secretary Alberto Cardenas issued an urgent call for
    soldiers to join 100 federal, state and local officials, as well as
    dozens of volunteers and firefighters outside the city of
    Tejupilco, in Mexico state, which borders Mexico City.
    Authorities were also using a helicopter to battle the blaze,
    which was burning about 80 miles (125 kilometers) southwest of the
    nation's capital, according to a statement released by Cardenas'
    office.
    The fire began Tuesday morning and has continued to grow,
    causing evacuations and seriously injuring one person in addition
    to the volunteers whose lives it claimed, the statement said.
    Those killed were residents who joined firefighters after the
    blaze threatened the area, the statement said. Killed around 1 p.m.
    were David Jaramillo, Francisco Benitez, Fernando Albiter, Esteban
    Jaramillo, Pedro Barrueta and Carlos Barrueta Sanchez, though the
    circumstances surrounding their deaths were not clear.
    The name of the volunteer who was gravely injured could not be
    confirmed, the statement said.
    Forest fires have menaced much of Mexico recently, especially in
    areas where rains have been slow to come during the early weeks of
    the country's wet season.
    Last week, a thick gray pall of smoke generated by more than a
    dozen forest fires burning outside Guadalajara, Mexico's
    second-largest city, forced officials to call a smog emergency and
    close schools. Fires have also claimed thousands of acres of
    woodlands in the central state of Puebla as well as Chiapas,
    Mexico's southernmost state.

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    FEATURE-Park at world's southern tip recovers from Chile fire
    By Katie Burford
    TORRES DEL PAINE, Chile (Reuters) - It took a month
    and 800 firefighters to put out an immense wildfire earlier
    this year in remote southern Chile's Torres del Paine national
    park, world renowned for its awe-inspiring granite spires and
    glaciers.
    Now, near the southern tip of the world where the growing
    season is compressed into a few months, authorities have begun
    the long process of helping nature heal from the park's worst
    fire in decades, started when a Czech tourist's camp burner
    blew over.
    Tourism officials, meanwhile, are assuring nervous tour
    operators from France to Japan that Chile's most famous park is
    still a rugged backpackers' paradise. Tourism pumps an
    estimated $75 million a year into Chile's extreme south.
    "Something that man caused, man can also fix," said Marco
    Cordero, regional director for Conaf, Chile's forest service.
    Immediate concerns are that erosion could alter the park's
    brilliant turquoise lakes, invasive plant species could gain a
    foothold or endangered wildlife could be forced outside the
    park's protective boundaries to forage for food.
    As a token of goodwill, the Czech government contributed
    about $185,500 toward the recovery, which is expected to cost
    $7 million.
    Preserving this pristine hinterland in the heart of
    Patagonia, a loosely defined region that encompasses
    southernmost Chile and Argentina, is about more than
    aesthetics.
    "Tourism for the Magellan region is one of the main sources
    of revenue," said Miguel Angel, regional director for Chile's
    Sernatur tourism department.
    Torres del Paine is Chilean Patagonia's headline
    attraction, but the Straits of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, Cape
    Horn and Antarctica are other popular destinations.
    Most that journey to this far-flung, glacier-encrusted
    region expect to encounter its legendary wind. It forces trees
    to grow sideways and has merited a mention by every prominent
    chronicler to pass through in the last 500 years.
    The wind frustrated the efforts of firefighters gathered
    from all over Chile and Argentina to put down the fast-moving
    blaze, which seemed to send fingers out in all directions.
    Authorities point out that only a fraction of the park
    burned -- 45 square miles of 935 square miles
    total -- and this was more than a mile
    from the park's signature spires, which jut from plains in
    a cluster like a prairie Atlantis.
    Still the damage is startling. Travelers on the park's
    easternmost road drop over a hill to find themselves suddenly
    surrounded by a barren moonscape. In sections, charred ground
    stretches for as far as the eye can see.
    The fire, which began Feb. 17, hit at the peak of the
    park's four-month tourist season, which starts in December, the
    middle of the southern-hemisphere summer.
    Tourism officials say they have not seen a unusual dip in
    visitors, which number about 100,000 a year from 80 different
    countries. As a precaution, they put the word out at travel
    fairs around the globe that Torres del Paine is still very much
    worth the trip.

    ABOUNDS WITH WILDLIFE
    Native people believed the peaks, which soar as high as
    10,000 feet, were warriors turned to stone by an evil
    spirit. Starting in the early 1900s the surrounding land,
    cursed by many a settler as worthless, was used for ranching,
    until 1959 when it was declared a national park. Tourism
    started to hit its stride in the '90s.
    Outside Patagonia's protected areas large sheep farms still
    operate and overgrazing of the pampa is a major concern of
    environmental groups. The wildfire that devastated Torres del
    Paine also burned 15 square miles of adjacent
    private ranchland.
    The park abounds with wildlife -- ostrich-like nandu,
    Andean condors, llama-like guanaco, Austral parakeets,
    flamingos, puma and the endangered huemul, a member of the deer
    family. The only known fatalities of the fire were a handful of
    guanaco.
    The first stage of the 12-year fire recovery plan involves
    filling in trenches, dug as a barriers to contain the fire;
    building dikes to prevent erosion; and collecting seeds to use
    for reseeding next season. The government is compensating
    ranchers whose land is being grazed by displaced wildlife.

    SYMBOLIC PARK
    Although Czech tourist Jiri Smitak has said he deeply
    regrets the fire, many Chileans were incensed that he only
    received a $200 fine. Lawmakers called for tougher penalties
    and the State Defense Council filed a suit against Smitak
    seeking damages.
    National pride in the park runs deep but since it is not
    connected to the rest of Chile by road, the park is expensive
    to reach and only about a third of Torres del Paine visitors
    are Chilean. Most come from the United States or European
    countries. Visitors fly in to an airport about a four-hour
    drive south of the park.
    Cordero said various organizations from around the globe
    have offered to help with funds or expertise.
    "For the whole world, Torres del Paine park is something of
    an emblem," he said.
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    CHISASIBI, Que. (CP) - Residents of this northern Cree community
    were told they could return home Sunday night after firefighters
    brought a nearby forest fire under control.
    "The fire is practically extinguished," said Helene Philippe,
    a spokeswoman for the federal department of Indian and Northern
    Affairs. "There are only two little hot spots remaining on which
    local firefighters are working. It is not a threat to the
    community."
    The fire started at about 11 a.m. Saturday. It took about 130
    firefighters and two water bombers to bring the fire under control,
    civil protection officials said.
    The fire had come to within a kilometre of the town of 3,500
    earlier on Sunday, prompting authorities to order 600 residents to
    leave as a precaution.
    Eighty people were flown to Val D'or,about 630 kilometres south
    of the community and 150 were taken to Radisson, 120 kilometres
    east of the town, said Claude Gagne, Radisson's emergency services
    co-ordinator. The remaining 370 went to other aboriginal
    communities, he said.
    The fire caused no injuries or material damage. Rather,
    evacuations were made as a precaution.
    "The people who were evacuated from Chisasibi are people who
    can't be (exposed) to smoke. We're talking about people with
    pulmonary problems or health problems," he said.
    Those people are now returning home after Chief Abraham Rupert
    lifted the local state of emergency, Philippe said.
    "It's good news. It seems everything is back in order," she
    said.
    Civil protection officials say fires are common in the James Bay
    area and spread easily due to dry spots, caribou moss and conifer
    leaves.
    The cause of the fire was being investigated.
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    Officials evacuate six campgrounds in southern France as forest
    fire spreads
    TOULON, France (AP) - Authorities evacuated six campgrounds in
    southern France as a precaution Tuesday as firefighters battled a
    large forest fire that officials said appeared to have been the
    work of arsonists.
    The blaze destroyed 1,300 hectares (3,200 acres) as of late
    afternoon Tuesday, regional officials said. No injuries were
    reported, and officials said no homes or businesses were
    immediately threatened.
    About 300 firefighters were using conventional equipment and
    water-dropping helicopters in an attempt to contain the fire near
    Puget-sur-Argens, authorities said.
    Officials braced for possible power outages as the fire
    approached a high-voltage line supplying electricity to much of the
    region.

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    Firefighters control forest blaze near Athens
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A forest fire on the outskirts of the
    Greek capital was brought under control Monday after a two-hour
    operation involving 100 firefighters.
    The blaze started around midday (0900GMT) in the Dardiza area of
    Mount Parnitha, northern Athens, and burnt more than three hectares
    (7 acres) of forest and scrub. Four water-dropping aircraft and two
    helicopters took part in the effort.
    No injuries were reported. State-controlled NET Television said
    that around 30 houses were briefly threatened. The fire's cause was
    not immediately known.

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    Drought sweeps all of Portugal, bites economy
    LISBON, July 20 (Reuters) - Portugal, gripped by its worst
    drought in at least 60 years, sent hundreds of firefighters to
    battle blazes across the country on Wednesday and warned of
    economic fallout to the parched agricultural sector.
    Secretary of state for the environment, Humberto Rosa, said
    severe and extreme drought extended to the whole country,
    costing the agricultural sector the equivalent of nearly 1.5
    percent of gross domestic product.
    With 26,000 people were reportedly receiving water from
    trucks as of July 15, Rosa also outlined plans to teach the rest
    of the country water conservation.
    "Every Portuguese person will receive a post-card at home,
    advising them of the risks of drought and the necessity to
    conserve (water)," Rosa said in an interview with newspaper
    Jornal de Negocios.
    The drought is Portugal's worst since at least 1945, when 86
    percent of the territory was in severe or extreme drought.
    Spain is also suffering its worst drought since records
    began in the 1940s, and in western France, water levels are at
    their lowest since the major drought of 1976.
    Parched conditions now stretch from north Africa to the
    French capital, and 11 firefighters died in Spain on Sunday
    fighting a forest fire, possibly caused by a barbeque.
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    LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Firefighters battling a major two-day
    blaze in a forest in central Portugal were unable to call on air
    support Thursday due to thick black smoke, officials said.
    Around 300 firefighters were being helped by army troops using
    bulldozers to cut firebreaks in parched woodland near Seia, about
    250 kilometers (150 miles) north of Lisbon.
    Officials said high winds and the region's hilly terrain
    hindered efforts to halt the fire's advance.
    The Civil Protection Service said five forest fires were out of
    control early Thursday and more than half the country was on
    maximum alert as inland temperatures were forecast to exceed 40
    degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for a second consecutive day.
    The Civil Protection Service said it had deployed more than
    1,700 firefighters nationwide.
    Portugal is enduring its worst drought on record.
    Emergency services found the charred body of an elderly man near
    his forest home Wednesday. He apparently was caught by flames as he
    tried to flee.
    Some remote houses burned down and several remote villages were
    evacuated as a precaution.
    Numerous vineyards, orchards and eucalyptus plantations were
    blackened by the fires, authorities said.

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    ATHENS, July 28 (Reuters) - A forest fire near Athens'
    seaside suburbs burnt down homes and factories and threatened
    more damage as strong winds drove it towards heavily inhabited
    coastal areas on Thursday.
    Officials said authorities in eastern Athens evacuated
    houses, summer camps and orphanages as the blaze approached.
    Arsonists are believed to have started the fire, which swept
    through a thick pine forest near the eastern suburb of Rafina
    and gathered speed, fanned by strong northern winds. A second
    fire started nearby hours later.
    "It certainly seems to be arson," a fire brigade spokesman
    told Reuters.
    Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, whose private
    residence is near the site of the fire, met fire officials and
    inspected operations in the area.
    Hundreds of residents armed with waterhoses and buckets
    tried desperately to save their homes as 15-metre (45-feet)
    flames raced toward them.
    "This is arson. They are destroying everything I built my
    whole life," a resident of Rafina told reporters in tears. "I
    now see my house burning down.
    Deputy fire brigade chief Andreas Kois said hundreds of
    firefighters rushed to the scene but strong winds hindered them.
    "Everything is working against us. The wind is very strong
    and the fire is spreading too fast for us to fight it," Kois
    told reporters.
    He could not say whether the fire hurt anyone or how many
    homes it damaged.
    More than 250 firefighters and soldiers, 50 fire trucks,
    eight airplanes and six helicopters have fought the blaze since
    Thursday morning.
    More troops from around the country were called in to help.
    The wealthy area, about 30 km (18.6 miles) east of the city
    centre, is scattered with small, lush suburbs and thousands of
    holiday homes on or close to the sea.
    Athens International airport, which lies some 10 km away,
    shut its western runway and redirected all flights to its
    eastern runway to help air firefighting operations.
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    American, Tom Robinson, of Global
    Emergency Response, was personally
    present and did fly on missions
    in Greece on the IL-76 waterbomber
    where all other nations' aircraft
    (5) were wind-grounded.

    The aircraft was called a miracle
    and the aircraft that saved Greece
    in the local media.

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    Firefighters put out blaze near seaside resort west of Athens
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Firefighters put out a blaze Sunday in a
    pine forest near a seaside resort west of Athens, authorities said.
    Eight water-dropping planes, six helicopters and 60 fire trucks
    were used to battle the fire, which broke out at Ayioi Theodori, 64
    kilometers (40 miles) west of the capital.
    Fire department officials said three neighborhoods on the
    outskirts of the popular resort were evacuated, but no houses were
    damaged and no injuries were reported.
    It was not immediately clear how much of the forest had been
    affected.
    Last week, fires ravaged forests across Greece as temperatures
    hovered at 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). Greece's Civil
    Protection Authority had issued weekend fire warnings for most of
    southern Greece, including areas around Athens.
    On Thursday, a fire burnt 60 homes and large swathes of pine
    forest in the eastern Athens suburb of Rafina.

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    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia struggled Thursday to
    contain fires in central Sumatra that have shrouded large parts of
    neighboring Malaysia in thick white haze.
    Forest fires and blazes set by local farmers were burning out of
    control in four provinces, said Firman, a Meteorological and
    Geophysics Agency official, identifying more than 150 hotspots.
    The sky was dark in parts of central Sumatra, but strong winds
    have for the last three days carried much of the smoke across the
    Malacca Straits and into Malaysia, he said.
    "We are very sorry about this," said Firman, who goes by only
    one name, adding that government workers have been focusing most of
    their attention on hardest hit Riau province.
    The other blazes were in the provinces of North Sumatra, Jambi
    and Kalimantan.
    Forests have been razed in several districts of Kalimantan, said
    Zainul Arifin, a local forestry affairs official. He said many of
    the fires were lit by farmers to clear land.
    Forest fires often break out in the region during dry spells
    because of illegal land-clearing fires or carelessly discarded
    cigarettes.
    Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia and Indonesia
    experienced theirs worst air quality levels in 1997, when brush
    fires in Indonesia destroyed some 10 million hectares (25 million
    acres) of vegetation, cloaking much of Southeast Asia with haze.

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    LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Strong winds and sweltering temperatures
    fueled some 20 wildfires across drought-stricken Portugal on
    Thursday as the number of firefighters on duty nearly doubled
    compared to the previous day, authorities said.
    The day began with 10 major blazes and the number doubled by
    mid-afternoon as temperatures soared above 40 C (104 F). Nearly
    1,600 firefighters tackled the blazes, patrolled high-risk areas or
    cleaned up scorched areas, the Civil Protection Service said.
    They were supported by 457 vehicles and nearly two dozen planes
    and helicopters dropping water. On Wednesday, about 900
    firefighters were on duty.
    Flames engulfed about a dozen rural houses, including several
    holiday homes, officials said.
    Most fires were in heavily wooded areas of northern Portugal. A
    smoky haze from the fires covered Porto, the country's
    second-largest city, television images showed.
    Temperatures in some regions were forecast to reach 45 C (113
    F), the weather service said.
    The Fire Prevention Agency placed most of Portugal on maximum
    alert as the country endures its worst drought on record. The heat
    wave is expected to continue through Saturday.
    Fires have charred more than 68,000 hectares (168,000 acres) of
    parched woodland this year, more than half of it last month,
    according to the General-Directorate for Forests.
    In neighboring Spain on Thursday firefighters battled to
    extinguish a forest blaze a few kilometers (miles) from the
    northern city of Pamplona.
    The regional government of Navarra said three helicopters and
    five planes were brought in to tackle the fire on the Monte San
    Cristobal, north of the city.
    Seven elderly residents were evacuated as a precaution from the
    small village of Garrues, but authorities said it was no longer at
    risk by early evening. There was no word on the cause of the fire.
    Spain is experiencing its driest summer since record-keeping
    began in the 1940s and has seen a spate of forest fires.
    Last month, a blaze apparently sparked by a barbecue fire killed
    11 firefighters and destroyed more than 11,000 hectares (27,000
    acres) of woodland in a nature reserve east of Madrid.

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    New fires ravage France's Var region

    PARIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Fires scorched bone-dry parts of France, with flames moving across the Var region Friday.


    Fire fighters were stymied in their efforts to battle the flames by a World War II-era powder magazine.

    The latest fire, which broke out Thursday afternoon, appeared to be under control by the evening. But high winds Friday morning fanned it back, and the fire burned some 500 acres.

    Complicating the battle is the grounding of Canadair planes used to fight the fire. The aircraft's used was halted after a Monday Canadair crash that killed two pilots.

    Officials have evacuated some 1,700 people from a camp site in the Var region out of precaution.

    Fires have also ravaged areas of the Bouches-du-Rhones and Auron, in southern France.

    France and other parts of western Europe have been hit by unusually hot and dry conditions this summer.

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