Fires rage around the world: where are the worst blazes?

Wildfires are raging across Europe and North America as scorching temperatures and dry conditions fuel the blazes that have cost lives and destroyed livelihoods.

The combination of extreme heat and prolonged drought have in many regions led to the worst fires in almost a decade, and come as the IPCC is poised to hand down a landmark report on the climate crisis.

Scientists warn rising global temps due to greenhouse gas emissions are increasing the risk of fire conditions across the planet.

Parts of Europe are enduring severe heatwaves, while hot, bone-dry gusty weather has caused devastating wildfires in California. The US state is fighting to contain its largest blaze in its history. より多い 100 other large fires are raging in other parts of America.

Here are some of the countries currently battling severe fires:

Greece has been fighting some of the worst blazes in Europe amid blistering temperatures. Fires have raged across the country for nearly two weeks, leaving dozens needing hospital treatment.

Evia, Greece’s second largest island, was under severe threat over the weekend and thousands packed up their belongings and fled their homes.

Already, the extent of the destruction is greater than previous fire seasons.

の中に 10 days to 7 8月, ほぼ 57,000 ヘクタール (140,000 エーカー) were burnt in Greece, according to the European Forest Fire Information System. The average area burnt over the same period between 2008 そして 2020 だった 1,700 ヘクタール.

Blazes have swept through swaths of the southern coast for the past 10 日々, killing at least eight people.

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes, and fire has devastated vast tracts of pine forest and agricultural land. Rain brought some respite over the weekend.

Fires continue threaten parts of southern イタリア, with Sicily and Sardinia among the regions hardest hit.

The first significant wildfires in the country, の間に 24 そして 26 7月, destroyed 10,000 ヘクタール (24,710 エーカー) of forest and forced the evacuation of 800 people from their homes in south-west Sardinia.

Authorities in Siberia moved to evacuate several villages in the vast region on Sunday, どこ 155 blazes are burning. The hot weather, coupled with the neglect of fire safety rules, has caused a growing number of infernos, which have destroyed scores of homes and buildings.

アメリカ合衆国で, firefighters in northern California are battling the largest single wildfire in state history.

The Dixie Fire, named for the road where it started nearly four weeks ago, has grown to an area of 725 square miles (1,875 square kilometres). ただ 21% of the blaze is contained, カリフォルニア州森林防火局によると. It has scorched an area more than twice the size of New York City.

Heatwaves and historic drought tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American west. California’s fire season is on track to surpass last year’s season, which itself was the worst fire season in recent recorded state history.

California’s raging blazes were among 107 large fires burning across 14 州, mostly in the west.

Fires continue to burn across British Colombia despite some rains over the weekend. Local media reported 279 wildfires raging in the province on Sunday, with tens of thousands of residents subject to evacuation alerts.

British Columbia has seen nearly 5,800 sq km of its forest burned since the spring, with months still left in the fire season.

With Associated Press and Agence-France Presse

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