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Are wildfires getting worse?

19 January 2019

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Following what is the most destructive and deadliest wildfire season on record in California last November, there has been increasing concern about the severity of wildfires in the years to come.

2018 was a bad year for wildfires. Regions as diverse as the Mediterranean and the Arctic Circle were exceptionally hard hit, and the wildfires in California caught the world's headlines. Even moorlands near Manchester were ravaged by flames and declared a major incident. Frightened residents who were evacuated from nearby villages described the fire as an "apocalypse" and a "towering inferno", and thick plumes of smoke were visible from space.

Source: Engineering and Technology Magazine

Image credit: Engineering and Technology Magazine - Working with fire modelling programs such as Farsite