As the forest fires burned around the globe, NASA released a satellite image from space showing "the world in flames."
NASA's Earth Observation System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) uses images from 700 worldwide, full-resolution satellites that have been updated within three hours of observations to show the world as it is. Detection of thermal bands is displayed as red dots and a picture taken on Wednesday shows: "The world is burning."
NASA stated that the picture seems to show that the most concentrated fires are taking place in Africa and the research organization argued that This is probably due to the fact that the fires are mainly agricultural fires.
The number of fires indicates that these fires were purposely designed to farm land, "NASA said on its website." Farmers often use fire to return nutrients to the soil and soil from unwanted plants to free. While fire helps to improve crops and grasses for pastures, the fires also generate smoke that degrades the air quality. "
As far as North and South America is concerned, the picture suggests that fires are predominantly forest fires, which is responsible for the fact that the red dots are more distributed. Central Chile, as well as the United States, also suffer from extreme drought conditions that encourage the spread of fires.
This year, the United States has experienced 42,697 fires according to the National Interagency Fire Center. 6,239,106 acres have been burned. Global News reported that 560 active fires burned and more than 1,853,290 acres were burned in British Columbia, making it the third largest forest fire in British Columbia's history.
NASA pointed out that Brazil is currently experiencing both forest fires and man-made fires being used to land for To clear livestock or other agricultural needs.
"The problem with these fires is that they quickly get out of control due to climate issues," NASA said. "Hot, dry conditions, coupled with wind propulsion, are firing far from their original fire area."
Australia's January through July 2018 was the warmest since 1910, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, resulting in bush fires becoming larger and more extreme.
In various areas of the world where forest fires raged, the smoke from the flames has contributed to poor air quality, causing various authorities to warn local residents. While forest fires used to be kept only in the hottest months, the forest fire season in some areas has extended almost all year round.