2024 Fires in the Northern Hemisphere

Whether sparked by lightning, intentional land-clearing, or human-caused accidents, wildland fires are burning longer and more often in some areas as the world warms.
Smoke and Fire in British Columbia
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Smoke and Fire in British Columbia

Unusually early and intense fires are spreading rapidly amid drought and high winds.

Published May 13, 2024

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Fire in Southern Mexico
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Fire in Southern Mexico

More than 100 active fires burned across the country in late-March 2024, including this blaze near the border of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Published Apr 2, 2024

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Fires in the Appalachians
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Fires in the Appalachians

Smoke billowed from multiple wildfires in the eastern U.S., fueled by dry and windy weather.

Published Mar 22, 2024

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Fires Char Cattle Country
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Fires Char Cattle Country

Ranchers in the Texas Panhandle recently faced a fire that charred more than 1 million acres.

Published Mar 5, 2024

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Amazon Forest Fires Rage in Roraima
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Amazon Forest Fires Rage in Roraima

Huge understory fires are spreading throughout the state in northern Brazil as drought and heat turn the rainforest into tinder.

Published Mar 1, 2024

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Fires in Guatemala
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Fires in Guatemala

The blaze near Quetzaltenango was one of several burning across the country.  

Published Feb 27, 2024

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