The 2022 wildfire season is once again proving to be exceptional. From Siberia to Australia, Dorset to Loch Lomond, the fires are more frequent, fiercer, hotter and typically linked to increasingly long periods of dry weather exacerbated by climate change.
In the US, more than 2,000 square miles (5,180 square kilometres) have burned so far this year – the most by mid-May since 2018, according to the National Interagency Fire Centre.
In the UK, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service cited ‘unseasonably warm weather’ for its first amber wildfire alert of 2022 in March.
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