Wildfires in Europe burn second-biggest area on record

Euractiv | Aug 4, 2022 at 6:00 PM
  • Wildfires raging through Europe this summer have burned the second-largest area on record, even though the region is only halfway through its typical fire season.
  • Climate change is exacerbating fires by increasing the hot and dry conditions that help them spread faster, burn longer and rage more intensely.
  • The JRC data covers wildfires bigger than 30 hectares, so if smaller fires were included, the total burned would be even higher.