There Were 79,000 Fires Around the World in August 2019

The European Space Agency’s satellites, Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-3B contain SLSTR sensors which can monitor active fires around the world.  Data collected from the Sentinel-3 World Fire Atlas, showed a nearly five-fold increase in fires in August 2019 as compared to August 2019.   The satellites recored 79,000 fires this August while only 16,000 fires were recorded globally last August.

The trend of wildfires detected in 2019 are shown in red, while fires detected in 2018 can be seen in green. Source: ESA

The trend of wildfires detected in 2019 are shown in red, while fires detected in 2018 can be seen in green. Source: ESA

Almost half of the fires (49%) were detected in Asia. Around 28% were detected in South America, 16% in Africa, and the remaining were recorded in North America, Europe and Oceania.


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