Hundreds of wildfires burning in Alaska and Canada are starting to have a big effect on our climate. With over 3 million acres ablaze, 600 fires in Alaska and more than 4,000 wildfires in Canada, the permafrost could be doomed to start defrosting even more than it already is. Read more
As expected, the 2015 wildfire season has meant more bad news for drought-stricken Western states. As of June 30, 45 wildfires large active wildfires burned from Alaska down to Arizona and as far west as Colorado. Wildfires in Southern California had driven thousands from their homes, while fires in Alaska have burned more than one million acres this year.