After the deadly fires, Portugal's oldest forest is reborn from the ashes

About 3,000 volunteers took part Sunday in a reforestation initiative of the oldest forest in Portugal, the royal pine forest of Leiria (center), of considerable importance during the Great Discoveries, severely affected by the deadly fires that Known the country in 2017.

On a plot of 30 hectares burned to ashes by the series of fires that swept over the center of Portugal in mid-October 2017, the volunteers planted in a morning and in an atmosphere festive some 67,500 young shoots of maritime pine.

"We are going to restore this pine forest, so that it becomes pretty again and so that our children have in the future a pure air to breathe, a good health.This is what motivates me today," he said. AFP Jose Dyonisio, retired at age 69.

For this initiative launched by the public authorities, the volunteers received the support of soldiers, policemen, firefighters and members of the civil protection.

"We have lost 80% of the royal pine forest of Leiria in the fires, a great task awaits us to reforest it and will require the planting of about 22 million trees, "said the mayor of the municipality of Marinha Grande Cidalia Ferreira, where A large part of this nearly 800-year-old wood is concentrated.

At the end of the event, the crowd formed a giant flag of Portugal using umbrellas. "We have managed to unite the Portuguese around their national forest," said Alexandra Serodio, who initiated the initiative.

With an initial area of ​​11,000 hectares, the royal pine forest of Leiria is the fruit of the first intensive maritime pine plantation in Portugal, begun in the 13th century. It was largely the wood of its pines that served to build the caravels of Portuguese explorers between the fifteenth and seventeenth century.

The fire wave of October 2017 killed 49 people. The 49th victim is a pensioner who succumbed to her injuries Saturday at the hospital in Coimbra (center) after a long agony. In total, forest fires in Portugal killed 113 people between June and October.

Use Monkey to Test the Muffler, Daimler Fires Manager

Daimler's automaker fired executives representing it in an organization that regulates exhaust diesel engine test, using a monkey.

Daimler AG did not name the executive on the grounds of personal matters. It said the executive sat on the EUGT senior management board that has now been disbanded.

Volkswagen on Tuesday fired the head of external relations, who knew the experiment but did not inform the company CEO, who was then Martin Winterkorn.

Exhaust test the diesel engine was conducted in a laboratory in New Mexico, using monkeys exposed to exhaust from a Volkswagen diesel car to measure the success of diesel technology in reducing harmful emissions. The New York Times reported that the car was carved out to reduce emissions levels in testing. [ka/ii]

Bus Fires Killed 52 People in Kazakhstan

At least 52 people were killed in a fire that occurred on a bus in the Aqtobe region of Kazakhstan, authorities said.

Officials said the bus, with 57 passengers, caught fire on Thursday morning (about 10 kilometers) Qalybai village on the highway that connects Samara city in Russia with Shymkent city in southern Kazakhstan. All the victims were from Uzbekistan.

The authorities say five people escaped from the blaze.

They were treated for injuries. The cause of the fire is unclear, but investigators say the fire may have been triggered by a short circuit. [lt]

California Damkar Officer Killed When Extinguished Forest Fires

A firefighter was killed on Thursday when he extinguished a major fire in northern Los Angeles, California.

California Fire Department chief Ken Pimlott declined to provide any information about the tragedy, other than to say the victim is an engineer from San Diego.

The firefighters were killed while trying to extinguish the "Fires of Thomas", which blazed since December 4. The fires have destroyed nearly 98,000 acres of land and destroyed 730 homes in the Ventura and Santa Barbara region, Los Angeles.

Officials say the Thomas Fires are the fourth largest fire in California history.

Until Thursday, Thomas's fire was only 30 percent overcame. But the firefighters managed to overcome a number of other large fires in and around Los Angeles.

With so many great fires near San Francisco and Los Angeles, 2017 has been one of the worst fires in California.

Experts blame Earth's warming, dry weather extraordinarily recently, and the dry, hard winds that blow from the California mountains each fall.

California Governor Jerry Brown has warned residents that such fires will be a state of affairs in the state. [sp/ii]

California Natural One of the Worst Forest Fires in History

Firefighters in the western US state of California focus on efforts to tackle fires in northwestern Los Angeles which became one of the largest and most destructive in the state's history.

Fires named "Thomas "It burned 930 square kilometers and destroyed 800 buildings in Santa Barbara County since it began last week.

Authorities say the fire could only be controlled 10 percent. Although firefighters managed to extinguish some of the fires from the air, the fire remains dangerous, and fires can escalate rapidly by strong winds.

California Chief Fire Officer Tim Chavez said Monday evening that the 160-kilometer area to the west Los Angeles Sea is "a very difficult place to put out fires." Chavez said the last time the area was burned was in 1964. So the trees and bushes were over 50 years old.

More than 5,700 personnel were deployed to extinguish the fires of Thomas, one of several fires in southern California. The officers have succeeded in overcoming the other fires, which are much smaller.

The fires have forced more than 200,000 people to leave their homes. The number increased on Sunday (10/12), causing more residents to be evacuated in Santa Barbara, when fires in the area spread to the west. Authorities have distributed masks or face shields to help people avoid smoke inhalation, and some schools are closed.

In response to the fire, President Donald Trump issued a Federal Government statement on emergencies for California, so federal agencies could help coordinate efforts help. [sp/ii]