Massive wildfire blazing in Greenland

Massive wildfire blazing in Greenland

Scientists have spotted a massive wildfire raging across western Greenland, a region better known for thick ice and snow, NASA’s Earth Observatory confirmed.

Using satellite images, scientists spotted a “sizable fire” raging nearly 90 miles or 150 km northeast of the town of Sisimiut. It was first spotted on 31st of July.

Over the next several days, the satellites provided daily images of smoke above the tundra region from multiple conflagrations. Latest data provided by the EU-based Copernicus Emergency Management Service, the massive wildfire has torched quite a few thousand acres.

Stef Lhermitte, a snow & ice researcher at Delft University of Technology, said that the ongoing blaze is the biggest recorded by satellites since 2000.

Speaking on the topic, Lhermitte said, “There are fires in Greenland, but it’s not an African Savannah. As far as I can see, the current fire is the biggest one recorded by satellites since 2000. I think it’s the biggest on record.”

Wildfire seasons have become longer as well as more intense globally in recent years. While the causes are complex, scientists say climate change is playing a big role.