Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Hezbollah's Amassing Of Weapons On Israel's Northern Border 'Must Stop'

US: Hezbollah’s amassing of weapons on Israel’s northern border must stop

Hezbollah must stop stockpiling weapons on Israel's northern border, deputy US Ambassador Richard Mills told the United Nations Security Council in New York on Wednesday after it voted to renew the mandate of the organization's peacekeepers in that area of southern Lebanon. 

"The US shares this council’s significant concern about the state of affairs in southern Lebanon, in particular, Hezbollah's threatening activities," he said.

Tensions continue surrounding Lebanon-Israel maritime border demarcation talks

The UNSC vote comes as tensions have increased between Israel and neighboring Lebanon over their maritime dispute.

On Wednesday, a Reuters deputy editor posted a video of two Lebanese ministers symbolically throwing rocks in Israel's direction.

The UN since 1978 has maintained a peacekeeper force along the border between the two countries known as the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Since 2006, it has been specifically tasked with maintaining the ceasefire agreement that ended the Second Lebanon War and was codified in UNSC Resolution 1701.


What If?

What If?

Probably the most important thing in forecasting is the ability to ask: What if something is not how you think it is? Open speculation on world developments is the key to establishing a position, where basically nothing can really surprise you. And at that point, you have come so far as a forecaster.

The “What if?” questions I am currently asking are:

  1. What if the raid of the Mar-a-Largo resort of President Trump was politically motivated?

  2. What if the war in Ukraine was part of some plan to break the emerging Eurasian (China, Europe, Russia) global power structure?

  3. What if central banks, or the “power brokers” behind them, know that monetary policies are going to crush the economy with interest rate hikes?

  4. (To continue:) What if central bankers are deliberately pushing for the central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs, to gain total oversight over the economy?

The first two are rather political, but as I mentioned before, politics has become a major factor affecting the global economy. That is why the questions need to be addressed and, perhaps, speculated upon.

Speculation on the actual reasons behind the Trump raid are already running high. There have been reports of Federal Bureau of Investigation whistleblowers coming forward with statements on the politicization of the FBI. At this point, this is naturally pure speculation, and political games, but these are alternative narratives we can consider, because if they turn out to be true, they will have serious repercussions.

Most important, if the raid was politically motivated, why is former President Donald Trump viewed as such a threat to the current system, or the “establishment,” such that his possible becoming again the president of the United States should be stopped? Comparing the tenures of Presidents Barrack Obama and Joe Biden with that of the one term of President Trump, for example, the latter was a rather peaceful and prosperous world.

Due to the Ukraine–Russia war, Europe may be facing its darkest winter since 1945. Our economic systems and societies are unlikely to be able to withstand major energy and possible food crises combined with interest rate hikes. Due to sanctions and central bank policies, we could be facing the deepest economic crisis since World War II, which also would make primarily Europeans a lot poorer.

It would be Machiavellian: to crash something just to get more power over it.

This, however, could be the “hand” central bankers are playing, especially through the looming issuance of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The issuance of digital currencies controlled by the central banks would eventually annihilate the banking system, or make it an obedient follower of central bank policies. This is because, especially during crises, deposits would flock to the central bank from commercial banks, as all deposits in the central bank are essentially fully covered by the taxpayers, or the State, and the money creation (printing) abilities of the central bank. This would lead the central bank to obtain a monopoly-like power in banking.

Then only cash would need to be banned for the central banks to gain full control of interest rates, and the economy.  The end result would be an economic dystopia, where the ability of citizens’ to control their own (economic) fate—a particular kind of agency—will effectively have been taken away.

This is something central bankers may try to sell us after the economy crashes, through the rationalization of “safety.” This again is speculation that ought to be considered as the end result of such an aim; it truly would be horrible, on the level of a kind of enslavement of the populace.

So, I urge everyone to ask the “What if?” questions presented above (and more).

This is because if any of them (not to mention several not discussed above) turn out to be true, we are living in a very different world that has been presented to us.

Israel Conducts Airstrikes On Aleppo Airport And Damascus Area

Syria accuses Israel of consecutive airstrikes on Aleppo airport, Damascus

Syria accused Israel of carrying out two consecutive airstrikes on Wednesday night, the first against the Aleppo International Airport and the second near the capital Damascus.

According to the state-run SANA news agency, the first airstrike caused damage to the airport in northern Syria. It did not provide further details.

Images published on social media appeared to show several fires in the area.

Aleppo is a major city in northern Syria, near its border with Turkey, and is an uncommon — though not unprecedented — site for reported Israeli airstrikes.

The last reported Israeli strikes in the area were in July 2021

Shortly after the strike on Aleppo, SANA said air defenses were engaging another Israeli airstrike, over the capital Damascus.

The news agency claimed that a number of “hostile missiles” were downed over Damascus and the surrounding countryside. Syria regularly claims to intercept Israeli missiles, though military analysts doubt such assertions.

SANA said damage was caused to several sites that were hit in the attack near Damascus, without elaborating further.

There were no immediate reports of injuries in the alleged attacks.


Syrian air defenses intercepted “a number” of Israeli missiles on Wednesday evening but several broke through and damaged the international airport in Aleppo, the Syrian state news agency SANA has reported.

The outlet said it was citing claims from military sources.“At around eight o’clock this evening, the Israeli enemy targeted Aleppo International Airport with a missile strike, which caused material damage,” it quoted one as saying.

Explosions were also recorded in Damascus, with eyewitness reports speaking of damage to residential areas and possible victims. There was no official confirmation yet, however.

According to one report, at least three missiles struck the Aleppo airport runway, taking it out of service until further notice. 

Much of Syria’s air traffic was redirected through Aleppo after a similar strike in June destroyed the runways at the Damascus International Airport. Israeli satellite photos showed significant damage to the airport. Syrian officials informed Russia that repairing the damaged runways may take “significant time.”

Israel has repeatedly targeted Syria with missiles, usually fired from Lebanese airspace or the occupied Golan Heights, wary of air defense systems provided by Russia to Damascus. On the rare occasions that Israel has acknowledged the attacks, its government said it was exercising preemptive self-defense against the Iranian presence in the neighboring country.

Tehran has offered military aid to Damascus in recent years against both Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists and other radical militants. Israel claims Iran is using civilian flights to Syria to smuggle weapons and missile parts to Hezbollah, a Shia militia in Lebanon.

Indiana Refinery Leads To Declaration Of Energy Emergency In Multiple U.S. States

Indiana refinery fire leads to declaration of energy emergency, tightening supplies and rising prices

A major fire at an oil refinery in Indiana has led to a shutdown of the facility and declarations of energy emergencies in multiple states.

The fire occurred at the BP Oil Refinery in Whiting, Ind., the largest facility of its kind in the Midwest. In response, the U.S. Department of Energy declared emergencies for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to a report over the weekend in Forbes.

According to Forbes, the facility refines 435,000 barrels of oil today into various fossil fuel products. It’s not clear when the facility will be back to full capacity.


Shocked Europeans Reveal Astronomical Energy Bills As 'Terrifying Winter' Approaches

Shocked Europeans Post Astronomical Energy Bills As 'Terrifying Winter' Approaches


Over the past week, shocked Europeans - mostly in the UK and Ireland - have been posting viral photos of shockingly high energy bills amid the ongoing (and worsening) energy crisis.

Several of the posts were from small business owners who getting absolutely crushed right now, and won't be able to remain operational much longer.

One such owner is Geraldine Dolan, who owns the Poppyfields cafe in Athlone, Ireland - and was charged nearly €10,000 (US$10,021) for just over two months of energy usage.

As the Irish Times reports, "The cost of electricity to the Poppyfields cafe for 73 days from early June until the end of August came in at €9,024.70 an increase of 250 per cent in just 12 months. There doesn’t include the €812.22 in VAT, which brought her total bill to €9,836.92."

"How in the name of God is this possible," tweeted Dolan.

UK pensioners are also facing a "terrifying" winter, as elderly Britons are about to get hit with an 80% rise in energy bills in October.

Elderly Britons are set to welcome a boost of around £1,000 to their state pension payments next year thanks to the return of the triple lock, however the cost of living crisis will still leave them significantly poorer.

However, the price cap for energy bills will rise by 80 per cent to £3,549 in October, and it is predicted to rise over £6,600 next year according to Cornwall Insight.

Higher energy bills often hurt pensioners significantly more than the rest of the population because they spend a greater amount of their income on heating their home. -Daily Mail

According to Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK, "'It's a truly frightening prospect and one that most could not have prepared for, and never expected to face at this point in their lives," adding "I think a lot of older people will be utterly bewildered that it has come to this and will also feel badly let down, and I can't say I blame them."

But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Twitter researcher 'Crab Man' (@crabcrawler1), who compiles deep dives on a wide variety of topics (and is absolutely worth a follow), has put together a lengthy thread of similar cases - and put it in the context of the current European energy backdrop. The situation is dire, to say the least.


U.S. Oil Reserves Fall To 37-Year Low

US oil reserves fall to 37-year low as Biden continues to export America’s oil to China

The United States’ strategic oil reserves fell to a 37-year low as President Joe Biden continues to release millions of barrels of oil and put them up for sale, with most going overseas.

According to the latest report from the Department of Energy, the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) fell to 453.1 million barrels as of Aug. 19. This is the lowest level the SPR has been since Jan. 1985.

Stockpiles have fallen by more than 180 million barrels this year as the Biden administration ordered the release of record amounts of crude oil, supposedly to cool sky-high inflation and rising gasoline prices. 

The massive sell-off began in March, when Biden announced that the U.S. would release one million barrels of oil a day for six months as energy prices soared following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

By early July, around 125 million barrels were already sold off. The White House then announced that the country would release another 20 million barrels in August, with around 18 million having already been released.

Tens of millions of barrels from the Strategic Reserves are going to Asia in record amounts. Buyers from China, India and South Korea have picked up more than 20 million barrels, with most scheduled to arrive in November.

Chinese corporations have received most of the sold-off American oil. Sinopec, a Beijing-based oil and gas corporation, received 5.9 million barrels in total from the SPR.

The company’s latest contract was for 950,000 barrels sold for around $113.5 million. The transactions were made between the Department of Energy and Unipec America, the U.S. trading arm of Sinopec.

Sales to Unipec appear to fall in the lower price range among the government’s successful buyers of the SPR, with the latest contracts showing that oil was sold between $7.95 to $5.6 cheaper than market prices.

It should be noted that Sinopec is a state-owned oil company with extensive ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It has also received billions of dollars of investment money from an equity fund partly owned by Hunter Biden.

The federal government’s contracts with Unipec and other Chinese corporations have been subject to heavy criticism, especially since China was able to announce major cuts to gasoline prices after Biden sent the country millions of barrels of oil from the reserves.

“Biden is draining our Strategic Reserves at an unprecedented rate. This is an abuse of the [SPR], far beyond its intended purpose,” said Republican Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana. “Sending U.S. petroleum reserves to foreign adversaries is wrong, and it undermines our national security.”

Another U.S. Food Processing Plant Catches Fire

Another US Food Processing Plant Catches Fire, Add This To Growing List


Another food processing plant went up in flames last weekend. Add this poultry business in California to the growing list of US food plants that have been knocked offline in the past year due to "accidental fires."

Los Angeles-based KTLA reported QC Poultry processing plant in Montebello, California, located just east of East Los Angeles and southwest of San Gabriel Valley, caught fire around 1600 local time Sunday. Firefighters responded to the large industrial plant as heavy smoke billowed from the roof. 

"As members [firefighters] began to deploy, the fire was upgraded to a third alarm commercial fire. Firefighters initially took a defensive stance and held the fire from spreading to any other nearby structures," Montebello Fire Department said. The fire was declared "knocked down" by 2000 local time. 

KTLA said there was no damage to other building structures nearby. The fire's cause is unknown... 

While the fire seems insignificant, it's part of a much larger issue of a spate of mysterious fires taking out America's food supply chain one by one over the last year. 

We tallied a list in June of a couple dozen or more food processing plants that have caught fire (find the list here).

Some on Twitter questioned if America's food industry is being sabotaged... 


Russia Officially Halts Natural Gas Flows Via Nord Stream 1

Russia Officially Halts Natural Gas Flows Via Nord Stream 1

Russian Gazprom has officially halted gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, cutting off flows completely to Germany for a period of maintenance that began at 01:00 GMT Wednesday and is scheduled to end at 01:00 GMT on Saturday.

Fears are mounting across the European Union that Russia will delay flows beyond September 3rd as the Kremlin continues to use natural gas as a weapon against Western sanctions - an allegation Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Gazprom has said the cutoff would be temporary, as planned, noting that the pipeline would restart after three days “provided that no malfunctions are identified”, as reported by the New York Times.

Once flows are restored in three days, according to Gazprom, it will be 20% of the pipeline’s capacity - the same level of capacity since flows were restored following July’s maintenance.

This is the second time in as many months that Gazprom has halted supplies on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. In July, flows were halted for maintenance for a period of 10 days, but capacity was limited, with Gazprom claiming paperwork delays for a turbine held up by sanctions in Canada, and Europe claiming Moscow was using this move in a game of leverage.

Europe has been scrambling to fill its gas storage ahead of the winter months and is now on track to achieve its goals two months ahead of schedule.

Inventory data from Gas Infrastructure Europe on Sunday showed that the European Union had filled its winter reserves to 79.94%, while it is targeting 80% by the first of November, according to Business Insider.

The European Union is closer to potentially intervening in the bloc’s electricity market as energy prices soar ahead of what would be a difficult winter for EU consumers and businesses.

Earlier this week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the bloc was working out an emergency plan for intervening in energy markets, saying that soaring electricity prices were “exposing, for different reasons, the limitations of our current electricity market design”.

“We need a new market model for electricity that really functions and brings us back into balance,” the EC president said.  

Russia Further Reduces Natural Gas Flows To Europe - Energy Rationing On The Way

Russian gas no longer flowing to France – energy rationing for the rest of Europe soon on the way

Effective immediately, Russian state gas company Gazprom is massively reducing natural gas flows to France, a move that French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne warns will probably lead to fuel rationing this winter.

French energy giant Engie, which handles gas deliveries from Gazprom, issued an urgent announcement about how the flow stoppage hinges upon a “disagreement between the parties on the application of contracts.” (Related: Germany is similarly doomed this winter without Russian gas.)

Cutting usage might not be enough, French authorities say, to keep the power on this winter. There could, and likely will, come a time when the government will need to step in and ration scarce supplies.

“Engie had already secured the volumes necessary to ensure the supply of its customers and for its own needs, and implemented a series of measures to significantly reduce the direct financial and physical impacts that could result from interruption of gas deliveries by Gazprom,” the company claims.

If this is true, then why are French authorities in a panic about what the future holds for France’s energy reserves? President Emmanuel Macron, for example, made an ominous declaration that the “end of abundance” has arrived for France.

The French people, Macron added, will need to “agree to pay the price” for what he dubbed “our freedom and our values” by decreasing their living standards to stick it to Russia.

Borne said similar things to French business leaders, whom she begged during a recent conference to do everything possible to reduce their companies’ energy usage to avoid a potential rationing situation.

“If we act collectively, we can overcome the risk of shortages,” she proclaimed using communist rhetoric. “But if each one of us fails to do our part, or if all negative outlooks come to fruition at once, we will have to impose a decrease in consumption.”

“If we end up with rationing, companies will be the first hit and unfortunately we need to be prepared for it,” Borne continued, further requesting that French companies hire an “energy sobriety ambassador” to help ease the transition to a much lower standard of living.

What Macron and Borne are basically saying is that France is about to go down a few notches from First World status to Third World status, and that residents need to prepare for what is soon to come and already in motion.

As usual, they cite “climate change” and the Russian war in Ukraine as the excuse for cutting off cheap and abundant energy, claiming that there is no other way to be “free” and uphold French “values.”

The United States is not far behind, just to be clear. While it might feel like we are in a reprieve from all the energy madness – i.e., the recent and sudden drop in gas prices, which is only temporary – do not be fooled: America’s First World status is on the chopping block, too.

“The USA will end up like Sri Lanka is now: broke, without basic resources like electricity, natural gas, gasoline, food, water and also rioting in the streets, and the economic crisis will begin soon,” wrote a commenter at Breitbart News.

“Sri Lanka and EU showed us what really happens when the government imposes a ‘green solution.'”

By The Numbers

Young Doctors in Canada Are Dying at a Rate 23X Normal 
Steve Kirsch 

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) data for 2020 shows doctors in Canada aged 50 and under die at a rate of about 6 per year.

After the latest booster, 6 Canadian doctors, 50 and under, died within a 15 day period.

Something is very wrong here, but nobody wants to talk about it or look into it. They’d rather look the other way.

Thanks to the brilliant work of Marc Godard and Brent Kievit-Kylar, we now have the CMA death data that I wrote about earlier in Google spreadsheet format where it can be easily analyzed for the first time. Note that the CMA removed entries prior to 2020 because they said it was too resource intensive to maintain this data. That’s hard to believe, but that’s what they said.

The results are stunning if we look at young doctor deaths: it makes the impact of the vaccines much easier to see because there is more signal and less noise since doctors under 50 rarely die.

We find a 23X increase in the rate of all-cause mortality post-vaccine for Canadian doctors aged 50 and under (compared to the young doctor death rates in 2020).

How can they explain that one?

Well, they can’t.

Those Canadian doctors died after the 2nd booster decades earlier than they should have.


Over 30 deaths of young, healthy Canadian doctors

New Study: 1 in 100 Teens Developed Heart Inflammation after 2x Pfizer Injection

Thousands Wait In Line For Rations, Fuel As Winter Approaches

Shocking: Thousands In Line For Rations! – People Wait Days For Fuel As Winter Approaches! [VIDEO]

Josh Sigurdson reports on the shocking footage out of Poland as thousands line up for DAYS at a time in their cars to collect rations of coal to ensure heating in the winter as the global supply chain and the energy grid collapse simultaneously, all by the plan. Cars could be seen for as far as the eye can see, waiting to desperately hoard coal for the coming winter as the grid goes down. The rations are becoming clear and present worldwide as the globalists destroy the supply chain and grid.

The rations are just an early sign of what is to come. Carbon credits are the goal, and those credits will be based on rations. You will be watched for your electric, gas, and water usage in your home via smart meters or by the distance you drive in your cars. While people aren’t falling for the climate hoax, the price and supply crunch is forcing people to adopt the very things that would be adopted if people DID believe the global warming fakery.


The Collapse Will Happen Suddenly

It Will Happen Suddenly
Jeff Thomas 

As the Great Unravelling progresses, we shall be seeing many negative developments, some of them unprecedented.

Only a year ago, the average person was still hanging on to the belief that the world is in a state of recovery, that, however tentative, the economy was on the mend.

And this is understandable. After all, the media have been doing a bang-up job of explaining the situation in a way that treats recovery as a general assumption. The only point of discussion is the method applied to achieve the recovery, but the recovery itself is treated as a given.

However, as thorough a distraction as the media (and the governments of the world) have provided, the average person has begun to recognise that something is fundamentally wrong. He now has a gut feeling that, even if he is not well-versed enough to describe in economic terms what is incorrect in the endless chatter he sees on his television, he now senses that the situation will not end well.

I tend to liken his situation to someone who suddenly finds all the lights off in his house. He stumbles around in the dark, trying to feel his way. Although he can picture in his mind what the layout of his house is, he is having trouble navigating, often bumping into things. This is similar to the attempt to see through the media and government smokescreens during normal times.

But soon, as his government undergoes collapse, he will be getting some bigger surprises. He will find that the furniture has inexplicably been moved around. Objects are not where they are supposed to be, and it is no longer possible to reason his way through the problem of navigating in the dark.

Many of those who observe the daily news reports are beginning to figure out that they are being fed misinformation. Many are beginning to recognise that neither political party truly represents them or, for that matter, is even concerned for their welfare.

These folks are now navigating in the dark.

But the bigger surprises have not yet occurred. 

There will be a certain amount of lead-up, plus a great deal of confusion, but the actual occurrences will be sudden. No one will be able to predict the dates on which they occur, except those very few people who control the triggers to these events.

Should there be a currency crash, as is expected in many countries, promises made by governments will be abandoned suddenly, as though they had never existed. 

Whilst millions of people will find themselves lost, unable to function without their entitlements, governments will evade their guilt through finger-pointing. Tories will blame Labour; Labour will blame the Tories. (The equivalent will take place in other countries.) The net result will be the disappearance of entitlements, either in part or in total. The public will take out its anger through increased hatred of whichever party it is that they already consider to be the evil one. They will fail to understand that collapse was unavoidable.


THE GREAT UNRAVELING is now upon us… it’s all breaking down with stunning speed


The western world is breaking down with stunning speed as all the lies, delusions, corruption and fake fiat money printing has reached a tipping point of collapse. Nothing works anymore. The governments of the world are criminal cartels that are deliberately dismantling food and energy resources necessary to keep half the human population alive. This coming winter, Europeans are going to starve and freeze to death in record numbers that hearken back to the Dark Ages, pre-electricity and pre-fossil fuels. North Americans won’t be spared either, as rolling blackouts and food scarcity will dramatically worsen in the coming months.

Food, fertility, energy, transportation and supply chains are all being taken down in a controlled demolition of the western world. And taking its place will be the rising BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and more to join soon) that control most of the world’s commodities, natural gas, oil, fertilizer and gold.


Europe Experiences Worst Drought In 500 Years

Europe is in its worst drought in 500 years, study finds

Europe is facing its worst drought in 500 years, with two-thirds of the continent under a "warning" or "alert," a study by the European Commission has discovered.

Preliminary data from the European Drought Observatory found that 47% of Europe is under warning conditions, meaning the soil has a clear deficit of moisture. An additional 17% of the continent is in a state of alert, meaning vegetation is under stress.

Across Europe, hot, dry conditions have threatened livestock and increased crop failure. According to the report, grain yields are expected to fall 16% below the average for the past five years. Forecasts for soybean and sunflower yields are also set to fall by 15% and 12%, respectively.

"The severe drought affecting many regions of Europe since the beginning of the year has been further expanding and worsening as of early August," the report said.

Countries along Europe’s Mediterranean coast, such as Italy, France and Spain, are likely to see warmer and drier conditions until November.

Mariya Gabriel, research commissioner for the European Union, said the ongoing heat waves and water shortages have created “unprecedented stress on water levels in the entire EU.”

Gabriel added: “We are currently noticing a wildfire season sensibly above the average and an important impact on crop production.

The report also warned that most of Europe’s rivers have seen a drop in water level, with riverbeds in Germany and France drying up.

Sections of Germany’s River Rhine have completely dried up, disrupting shipping in the country’s most important inland waterway. German officials told CNN on Aug. 12 that levels of water in the river had fallen “exceptionally low.”

In early August, the French government was forced to set up a crisis team to deal with the drought after more than 100 municipalities were left short of drinking water. “There is nothing left in the pipes,” Christophe Béchu, the minister for ecological transition, said in a statement at the time. The French government described the drought as the worst the country has ever recorded.

In Britain, a ban has been imposed on the use of hoses to water gardens, fill paddling pools and wash cars. The ban, which went into effect in southern England, was introduced after reports that the River Thames had reached its lowest level in 17 years. A month earlier, the U.K. experienced several wildfires after a record-breaking heat wave.

Wildfires have been a problem elsewhere in Europe and have displaced thousands of people. Electrical blackouts and heat-related deaths have also surfaced in the past two months.

Wildfires Are Breaking Out Across The World

Wildfires are breaking out across the world

Extreme fires have swallowed up huge swathes of land, destroyed homes and threatened livelihoods across the world in the first half of 2022.

Below is a list of the bigger blazes - once relatively rare events that scientists say have become increasingly frequent and fierce, fuelled by heat waves, droughts and the growing menace of climate change.


A fire in South Korea's eastern coastal county of Uljin consumed around 42 008 acres in early March, according to NASA's Earth Observatory services.


In Algeria, blazes killed about 36 people in August. Fires in the mountainous region of Al Taref ravaged around 14 010 acres of vegetation, according to APS news agency.

In Morocco, several fires ripped through the provinces of Larache, Ouezzane, Tetouane and Taza, burning nearly 5 000 acres, displacing thousands of people and killing one person.


In Croatian town of Zaton, a fire consumed nearly 4 942 acres of land, according to a report from EU's emergency management service Copernicus.

In a Czech national park on the German border, a fire burned about 5 650 acres in July, according to a GDACS report.

In France, wildfires ravaged more than 148 000 acres of land across the country, mainly in the southwestern region of Gironde where tens of thousands of people had to evacuate.

In Germany, a fire at an ammunitions dump in Berlin on August 4 burned forested area almost the size of three football pitches.

In Greece, a wildfire on the island of Lesbos near Turkey consumed around 4200 acres in July, according to the European Space Agency. Fires also raged near Athens, on the island of Salamina, in the western Peloponnese, and in northern Greece.

In Italy, a fire started on July 20 near Carso and spread across the border to Slovenia, burning over 5 000 acres by July 21. A fire in Tuscany destroyed 1 606 acres between July 19 and July 20.

In Portugal, a wildfire in the central Covilha region burned more than 42 000 acres, including parts of the Serra da Estrela national park.

On July 17, blazes consumed 24 710-29 650 acres in the Murca municipality and killed two people.

Earlier in July, several wildfires broke out in Ourém municipality and burned over 7 410 acres, according to Copernicus.

In Russia, two fires have raged across the Ryazan region - about 200 kilometres southeast of Moscow - since early August. Nearly 22 660 acres have been consumed.

The AFPS has reported about 70 large blazes across Russia this summer, with around 234 700 acres burned.

In Spain, wildfires burned more than 617 760 acres as of August 19 as they continue to rage across the country, according  to Copernicus.

A blaze in Zaragoza province burned about 4 942 acres in July. In June, a fire in Zamora province scorched at least 49 420 acres while a wildfire in Malaga province ravaged 8 600 acres.

In Turkey, a wildfire in the province of Mugla ravaged nearly 1 800 acres.

North America

In Canada, a blaze in British Columbia burned nearly 2 000 acres in July.

In the United States, the so-called McKinney Fire in northern California near the Oregon border has charred 60 138 acres and killed four people, according to a report by InciWeb.

Oak Fire just west of California's Yosemite National Park burned 19,244 acres as of Aug. 5.

On July 8, a fire broke out in Yosemite, home of some of the world's largest and oldest giant sequoia trees. It consumed 4 886 acres by August 14, according to a report by InciWeb.

On April 17, the Pipeline Fire in Arizona burned over 20 000 acres.

In New Mexico, the largest blaze was the merger of the Hermits Peak Fire and the Calf Canyon Fire in San Miguel and Santa Fe counties, which started on April 6 and April 19, respectively, and charred 341 735 acres as of August 23, according to InciWeb.

In California, Colorado Fire started on January 21, burning about 1 500 acres as per January 22.

South America

In Argentina, wildfires in the Corrientes province near Paraguay's borders ravaged about 2 223 948 acres in February, displacing or killing wild animals such as capybaras and alligators.

*NOTE: For this list, a fire is ranked "extreme" after burning 1 000 or more acres.