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 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.
Five more good examples here
Data viz will go here
Read also our report on the wildfire which killed scores of people at beaches near the Greek capital.
And also a WikiTribune community report on wildfires in Sweden