2024 Fires in the Southern Hemisphere

Whether sparked by lightning, intentional land-clearing, or human-caused accidents, wildland fires are burning longer and more often in some southern latitudes as the world warms.
Smoke Blankets Venezuela
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Smoke Blankets Venezuela

Drought and heat have fueled unusually high numbers of fires in the South American country during the first three months of 2024. 

Published Mar 28, 2024

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Inferno Scars Valparaíso
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Inferno Scars Valparaíso

Heat, drought, and winds fueled wildland fires that raged into parts of Viña del Mar and Quilpué.

Published Feb 9, 2024

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Fires Rage in Central Chile
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Fires Rage in Central Chile

Fueled by a summer heatwave, the blazes scorched entire neighborhoods in the city of Viña del Mar.

Published Feb 5, 2024

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Fire Chars Pringle Bay
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Fire Chars Pringle Bay

Hot, windy weather has fueled outbreaks of fire in South Africa’s Western Cape.

Published Feb 1, 2024

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