Timeline: Wildfires across the globe

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.

The spike in wildfires during this especially hot summer (Accuweather) can be seen in the graphic by Hannah Woodward below:

Wildfires 2018

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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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Read also our report on the wildfire which killed scores of people at beaches near the Greek capital, and this WikiTribune report on wildfires in Sweden.


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