And here I thought it was just Alaska.
Courtesy of The Guardian:
The Arctic is suffering its worst wildfire season on record, with huge blazes in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska producing plumes of smoke that can be seen from space.
The Arctic region has recorded its hottest June ever. Since the start of that month, more than 100 wildfires have burned in the Arctic circle. In Russia, 11 of 49 regions are experiencing wildfires.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations’ weather and climate monitoring service, has called the Arctic fires “unprecedented”.
The largest blazes, believed to have been caused by lightning, are located in Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Buryatia. Winds carrying smoke have caused air quality to plummet in Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia.
In Greenland, the multi-day Sisimiut blaze, first detected on 10 July, came during an unusually warm and dry stretch in which melting on the vast Greenland ice sheet commenced a month earlier than usual.
In Alaska, as many as 400 fires have been reported. The climatologist Rick Thomas estimated the total area burned in the state this season as of Wednesday morning at 2.06m acres.
There are still a number of fires burning up here in Alaska, but we finally got some cooler temperatures and rain so it looks like the worst is probably behind us.
We always have some forest fires every summer in Alaska, but this year was off the charts.
I always say that nobody who lives in Alaska should ever deny that global warming is real, and now I think the same can be said for all of us who live in the Arctic regions.
Well, to be honest, it really should never be denied by ANYBODY living on the planet.