Forest fires in Europe will ravage nearly 660,000 hectares of land in 2022


EU: The scorching heat in Europe could still be strong in 2022, but that year has already broken records. According to the European Union’s satellite monitoring service, around 660,000 hectares of land have been destroyed since January.

And while the Mediterranean has generally been the main focus of fires in Europe, other countries have also suffered greatly this year.

This year’s fires have forced people in European Union countries such as Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain to flee their homes, destroy buildings and burning forests.

Data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed around 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, setting a record at this stage since the start of data collection in 2006. disappeared.

Experts believe that human-induced climate change is behind a series of heat waves, wildfires and historic droughts that have affected Europe.

They are issuing a warning that longer and more frequent heat waves are imminent. It took almost two weeks for thousands of firefighters to put out the biggest forest fire in Slovenia’s modern history.

An area three times larger than the annual average has been destroyed by fires in France over the past ten years, as well as active in the alpine regions of Jura, Isre and Ardèche last week.

According to data from Europe’s Copernicus satellite, France’s 2022 forest fires released more carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, than any heat since records began in 2003. That amount was more than d a million tons.

Spain, however, was the country most affected by the fire, with 244,924 hectares of land destroyed, followed by Portugal and Romania, with 150,528 hectares (77,292 hectares) each.
The European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service provides the satellite data used by EFFIS (CAMS).

The information was released after CAMS warned that much of Western Europe was now at ‘extreme fire risk’ and that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe.

According to EFFIS coordinator, Jesus San-Miguel, “2022 is already a record year, barely behind 2017”. As of August 13, 2017, 420,913 hectares had been incinerated and by the end of the year, 988,087 hectares.

While we are still in the middle of the fire season, he said, “drought and extremely high temperatures have affected the whole of Europe this year. The general situation in the region is worrying”.

He said that since 2010 there has been an increase in fires in central and northern Europe, including fires in countries “which generally do not have fires in their territory”.

Except in years like this, when fires also occur in central and northern regions, “the overall fire season in the EU is actually mainly led by countries in the Mediterranean region”, a- he continued.

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