The incidence of wildfires across the world appears to have been unusually high in the past 12 months. Wildfires – defined as a sudden, quickly-spreading conflagration – have happened in Greenland, Siberia and Sweden, as well as more common locations such as California and Greece.
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This timeline lists some of the main wildfires known about since summer 2017. Add or expand with more facts:
June 2017: Portugal – more than 60 people died and thousands of acres were devastated.
August 2017: Greenland – the largest wildfire detected by satellites happened in a country of which 80 percent is usually covered by ice.
October 2017: California – the most expensive group of wildfires on record, costing at least US$9.4 billion (€8bn) of damage (Sacramento Bee).
June 2018: United Kingdom – a series of wildfires broke out across the UK, of which the largest two burned over 7 square miles each.
July 2018: Sweden – more than 60 fires burning across the country at once, with at least 11 in the Arctic Circle.
July 2018: Greece – as of July 26, in just four days, 85 people have died and over 180 injured.
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All data provided by The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS). Go to Flourish to add more data to the visualization.
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