In the past twelve months…
Saddleworth Moor, Manchester was started as a result of an arson attack and grew to engulf 1.5sq km of West Yorkshire, taking 200 firefighters four days to contain.
Wildfires in Athens, Greece tragically resulted in at least 74 fatalities, with the speed in which it spread having blocked many people off from escape routes and evacuations. Though wildfires are not uncommon in Greece, a significant lack of rain had resulted in extremely dry conditions, intensifying the fires.
Perhaps one of the most devastating wildfires to occur in the past 12 months spread across California, with three large scale fires causing a displacement of over 150,000 people and claiming at least 84 lives.
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A summer heatwave in the southern hemisphere sparked fires covering 2,300 hectares of land across the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand.
An Easter heatwave across Europe ended with a large wildfire spreading across Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire, covering 50 acres and requiring aid from 14 firefighter crews.
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Spanning the past three months with little sign of diminishing, the Arctic fires in Siberia, Greenland and Alaska have now covered over 2.9 million hectares of land. The largest of these fires has been linked to lightening, in addition to Siberia having been reportedly 10C higher in June than the long-term average. It has been reported that these fires alone have emitted as much CO2 in one month as Sweden does in a year.
Heatwaves across Europe caused large scale wildfires in the Catalan province of Tarragona, Spain, resulting in residents being evacuated from homes and roads being blocked.
Fires in central Portugal were linked to arson, though these dense forests in Portugal are often susceptible to wildfires.
The town of Maui, Hawaii saw a spreading wildfire of 1,200 hectares causing thousands of people to be displaced.
Around 9,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the tourist destination of Gran Canaria, Spain. Though there have been no fatalities, many homes were destroyed.
Mass wildfires in the Brazilian Amazon have begun to creep across the border to Bolivia. Satellite information has determined that there has been an 84% increase in the number of fires compared with the same period in 2018.