Timeline: wildfires across the globe

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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.

August 2017: Greenland – the largest wildfire detected by satellites, in a country where 80% is covered by ice.

October 2017: California – the most expensive group of wildfires on record, costing at least US$9.4 of damage.

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 the 26th July, in just four days, 85 people have died and over 180 injured.


Five more good examples here

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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



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