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Intense Boreal Forest Fires a Climate Concern

The Chuckegg Creek wildfire sparked in the province of Alberta, Canada on May 12, 2019. Over the next three months, the blaze burned across 280,000 hectares, forcing more than 10,000 people to evacuate their homes. On the Global Forest Watch(GFW) Fires platform, bright red fire alerts were visible blossoming out across the landscape. Chuckegg Creek […]

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Placing Global Wildfires into Local Context

Spurred by the media attention surrounding fires burning in the Amazon, people are starting to wonder if this intense heat is a global trend. A first glance at the Global Forest Watch (GFW) Fires map shows an aggressive splash of fire alerts across the globe, giving the impression that half the world is on fire. […]

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3 Trends in US Wildfires

By Sarah Alix Mann and Mimi Gong While fires in Indonesia may be making headlines recently, unprecedented forest fires have also scorched the Western United States this year, from the pristine forests of Alaska to the rocky desert foothills of California. This summer, fires in California burned hundreds of homes, triggering a state of emergency. […]

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Map of the Week: Forest and Land Fires Spike in Alaska

By James Anderson Hundreds of fires have sprung to life in Alaska’s forests and grasslands this week, according to Alaskan authorities and confirmed by satellite-based data on Global Forest Watch. Stories in the Washington Post, Mashable, and elsewhere have reported on the blazes, which have followed a record month of hot temperatures and low snowpack […]