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Fires: how are they linked to climate change?



Fires: how are they linked to climate change?


The recent heat waves they forest fires around the world they caused alarm, followed by the warning that whole areas of Europe and North America could live there worst fire season ever. So how do forest fires compare to previous years?

California was hit hard

Several areas of the western United States have registered record temperatures this year, which – along with severe drought conditions – sparked a series of major fires.
So far in California alone and in this scorching 2021 alone, more than twice as many acres of land have been burned by fires compared to the five-year average.

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The not very reassuring figure, based on what has happened in recent years, was the fact that, in recent years, the forest fires in California alone lasted until November. Therefore, it is easy to fear the continuation and repetition of such a situation.

Compared to the 2020 fire season, which ended as the most destructive season on record, 2021 promises to surpass that sad record. Acres burned in the United States this year alone are below the average for the past 10 years, although some states have not been hit as badly as California. However, experts warn that it is still very early to claim victory in what appears to be an exceptionally dry and long fire season.

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Climate change increases the risk of a hot, dry climate that could fuel fires

Even the extreme weather events can cause fires, including increased lightning and strong winds, are becoming more common due to climate change.

And other countries on the planet are also suffering the same disaster. Fires in Turkey, for example, they have been called “the worst in its history”. According to the European Forest Fire Information System, around 175,000 hectares were burned this year.
That’s more than eight times the average for this time of year, measured between 2008 and 2020.

And what about the Greece, which has witnessed the violence of record forest fires, with 12 times the average amount of land burnt. Much of this destruction was caused by fires on the Greek island of Evia, with over 2,000 people evacuated by sea. There are also active fires in the Peloponnese region, between the cities of Kalamata and Patras.

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Last but not least, the Siberia. Thick smoke from forest fires blanketed parts of Siberia, and satellites followed as it moved into the Arctic Circle and beyond. Fires in Siberia occur every summer, starting in the south – around the Chinese-Mongolian border – before gradually moving north to the remote Arctic Circle, where fires are hard to reach. This fire season saw smoke from Siberia reach the North Pole for the first time in recorded history.