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Wildfires: Why Are Fires Causing Devastation Across The World?

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21.08.2019

Wildfires in Brazil have made headlines this week, as numerous states face some of the most destructive blazes in the country’s history.

But the fires in the Amazon rainforest are just one part of a global story, as regions worldwide are being blighted by record-breaking fires.

Across the globe, firefighters are working around the clock to control thousands of fires, with many regions reporting “unprecedented” amounts of ground being engulfed by flames.

If you think these situations have become worse in recent years then, to put it simply, it’s because they have.

Here’s what’s happening – and why.

How big are the fires in Brazil?

Huge. There have been more than 9,500 fires, of various sizes, since last Thursday alone, according to the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe).

The fires are visible in satellite images taken from space and show Roraima, a state in the north of Brazil, covered in dark smoke.

In neighbouring Amazonas, an emergency has been declared and the state capital of Manaus has been on high alert and hundreds of fires are also burning in the state of Rondônia.

Where else in the world are wildfires occurring?

The Amazon Basin – most of which is covered by forest – stretches across Brazil and seven other countries.

While there are no fires in São Paulo, the city was plunged into darkness this week........

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