Tuesday, July 30, 2019

'Unprecedented': more than 100 Arctic wildfires burn in worst ever season


Edward Helmore
Fri 26 Jul 2019 20.08 BST
Last modified on Mon 29 Jul 2019 11.00 BST

The Arctic is suffering its worst wildfire season on record, with huge blazes in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska producing plumes of smoke that can be seen from space.

The Arctic region has recorded its hottest June ever. Since the start of that month, more than 100 wildfires have burned in the Arctic circle. In Russia, 11 of 49 regions are experiencing wildfires.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations’ weather and climate monitoring service, has called the Arctic fires “unprecedented”.


In Alaska, as many as 400 fires have been reported.


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