This is how much of the world is currently on fire


You may have missed the memo (we get it, there's been a lot going on) but the world is currently on fire as massive blazes burn in the United States, Canada, and across Europe. To give you a sense of the scale of the inferno, we've included maps of the wildfires, as well as images from some of the fiery scenes. Here, is the lowdown.

United States
Here in the United States the Forest Service is reporting that 2017 is shaping up to be a worse than average fire year based on acres of federal, private and state land burned. So far, 5.6 million acres of land has burned this year, or 1.8 million acres more than the ten year average of 3.8 million acres burned by this time. Some states like Nevada are saying that 2017 is the worst fire season in 15 years, while Montana has already used up much of its firefighting budget, even as much of the state remains in drought conditions according to the US Drought Monitor. The state may have to tap into reserve and federal funding but that isn't the only cost. Brent M. Witham, a 29-year-old firefighter from Mentone, California, was killed cutting down a tree while working on the Lolo Peak Fire.

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Current wildfires in the United States: Summer 2017
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Current wildfires in the United States: Summer 2017

Popular Science built this map using Incident Information Web data and it's accurate as of August 4th. You can click here to find an interactive version.

(Map via Kendra Pierre-Louis)

A firefighter walks near a home as flames from the fast-moving Detwiler fire approach in Mariposa, California U.S. July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
A horse runs from burning grasslands of the Long Valley fire near Doyle, California, U.S. July 13, 2017. Lassen County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGES WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
Charred grasslands remain after the Long Valley fire came through the Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area, California, U.S. July 12, 2017. Picture taken July 12, 2017. Bureau of Land Management California/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGES WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
BRECKENRIDGE, CO - JULY 5: As the sun sets helicopters continue to make water dumps on the Peak 2 fire on July 5, 2017 in Breckenridge, Colorado. The fire, which started shortly after noon, resulted in a mandatory evacuation for the Peak 7 neighborhood and an evacuation standby order for roughly 40 homes in the Gold Hill neighborhood. A shift in the wind is pushing the wildfire north and slowing its climb up the mountain. Eight smokejumpers and a local firefighting crew are on scene. An air attack is underway with a tanker dropping flame retardant and a helicopter conducting bucket drops. The fire broke out in the Gold Hill Trail area near Breckenridge. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Despite urgent conditions, funding for the nation's six Regional Climate Centers (RCCs) which provide data that we use to help control and prevent wildfires is on the chopping block. The President's proposed budget would slash the Centers' budgets by 82%, from $3.65 million to $650,000.

The Centers were originally developed in the 1980s with bipartisan support because of the service and expertise they provide as data collectors, analyzers and subject matter experts. If they're eliminated, "We'' would of a lot of fundamental climate services," Tim Brown Research Professor Climatology Director Western Regional Climate Center told PopSci. "That includes information for decision makers for drought, fires and floods, and impacts, on transportation and human health, water supplies, energy and disaster management planning, all of these areas the regional climate center program supports."

On a more concrete level this includes banal information, such as yesterday's temperature high and low—that's Regional Climate Center Data. More critically, if we're talking fires, this also means the loss of Western Based US Drought Monitoring Author which adds to the weekly drought map that government uses to allocate drought relief as well as an early drought warning system—i.e. the conditions which can precede wildfires.

Canada
Across the border from the United States, fires are also currently scorching Canada's British Columbia. This is the province's second worst fire season on record and NASA satellites have identified the conflagration from space. It's unsurprising that the smoke is billowing over the border into nearby Seattle in Washington state which is also under a heat advisory. On Thursday, the city hit a record breaking 94 degrees at the Seattle Tacoma airport. The regular high for the region at this time of year is 77 degrees. Between the heat and the fact that the region has been, according to US Drought Monitor is unnaturally dry that wildfires are knocking on their door is unsurprising.

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Current wildfires in Canada: Summer 2017
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Current wildfires in Canada: Summer 2017

These are the maps currently burning based on information pulled from Natural Resources Canada. For the most up to date information, you can click click on their interactive map

(Map via Natural Resources Canada)

Fires over British Columbia as captured by NASA's MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) satellite.

(Photo via NASA)

Smoke and fire fill the air July 19, 2017 in and around Cache Creek, as forest fires rage in western Canada. The provincial government extended a state of emergency and announced aid for tens of thousands of people evacuated because of the disaster. Around 150 fires were burning in British Columbia on the Pacific coast, and more than half of them remained out of control, firefighting officials said. The fires have forced at least 46,000 people from their homes. / AFP PHOTO / Don MacKinnon (Photo credit should read DON MACKINNON/AFP/Getty Images)
Wes Gerwien, 28, looks out a window of his family home that was covered in fire retardant in Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada July 18, 2017. Residents of the town were forced to evacuate 11 days ago and can now return to their homes. REUTERS/Ben Nelms TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TOPSHOT - As forest fires rage in western Canada, some areas, including this property in Ashcroft, BC, are spared from being burned when air tankers drop fire retardant on the ground, July 19, 2017. The provincial government extended a state of emergency and announced aid for tens of thousands of people evacuated because of the disaster. Around 150 fires were burning in British Columbia on the Pacific coast, and more than half of them remained out of control, firefighting officials said. The fires have forced at least 46,000 people from their homes. / AFP PHOTO / Don MacKinnon (Photo credit should read DON MACKINNON/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke and fire fill the air July 19, 2017 in and around Cache Creek, as forest fires rage in western Canada. The provincial government extended a state of emergency and announced aid for tens of thousands of people evacuated because of the disaster. Around 150 fires were burning in British Columbia on the Pacific coast, and more than half of them remained out of control, firefighting officials said. The fires have forced at least 46,000 people from their homes. / AFP PHOTO / Don MacKinnon (Photo credit should read DON MACKINNON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Europe
On the other side of the globe, if you load up the European Commission's fire map, it looks like the end of the world, especially in Italy and Romania. So far, an area just slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island has burned. The total is already roughly three times the normal amount of summer wildfires. Back in June, 60 people died over the course of one weekend in Portugal due to wildfires. Thirty people were killed when the fires reached roads on evacuation routes. And as the map makes clear, those fires don't seem to be abating.

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Current wildfires in Europe: Summer 2017
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Current wildfires in Europe: Summer 2017

European Union, current situation wildfires. You can click here to use the interactive version.

(Map via European Union)

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An active front of a forest fire is seen next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A firefighting helicopter drops water to extinguish a forest fire in Vila Velha de Rodao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A Canadair firefighting aircraft flies over a burnt area following a wildfire in Artigues, southeastern France, on July 27, 2017. Huge fires that forced mass evacuations of residents and holidaymakers in southern France were being brought under control, firefighters said, although they warned new blazes were still starting. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of a firefighting brigade stand close to a wildfire in Vilardevos, next to Verin, northwestern Spain, on August 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
Arial photographs of the National Park at Vesuvius, vast arial of vegetation destroyed of the fire, Naples, Italy July on 27,2017 (Photo by Paolo Manzo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Fire rages through an area of woodland in Artigues, south-eastern France on July 27, 2017. Out-of-control wildfires like the ones which have brought destruction to southern Europe, North America and parts of South Africa in recent weeks will likely become more frequent as global temperatures soar under climate change, experts say. More than 10,000 people had to flee raging fires in southern France this week, and several villages were evacuated in Portugal just weeks after another blaze killed more than 60 people there. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire-fighting aircraft drops it's load over a wildfire near Vila Velha de Rodao, central Portugal, on July 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Worldwide
Wildfires are also plaguing Sibera in Russia, an image NASA has managed to capture on satellite footage, along with large swathes of Brazil.

According to European news reports, researchers are saying that climate change is to blame, as warmer temperatures have extended the regions fire season, potentially making weather like this increasingly the region's new normal.

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Current wildfires in Asia, Australia: Summer 2017
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Siberian wildfires as seen from satellite imagery.

(Photo via NASA courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC.)

IZMIR, TURKEY - JULY 25: A local man is seen amid forest fire in Bayindir district of Izmir, Turkey on July 25, 2017. Approximately 100 hectare forestland is affected by the fire. (Photo by Haluk Satir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAKHA REPUBLIC, RUSSIA - AUGUST 4, 2017: Conducting a controlled burn to prevent the spread of wildfires in the Gorny district. Svetlana Pavlova/TASS (Photo by Svetlana Pavlova\TASS via Getty Images)
SAKHA REPUBLIC, RUSSIA - AUGUST 4, 2017: Conducting a controlled burn to prevent the spread of wildfires in the Gorny district. Svetlana Pavlova/TASS (Photo by Svetlana Pavlova\TASS via Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 6, 2017 shows a helicopter operated by the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) conducting water bomb operations to put out fires in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra. According to a press report released by Indonesia's Forestry Ministry on August 6, there are about 328 hotspots identified with satellite imagery from January 1 to August 6 over some six provinces. Haze, which is an annual problem in Indonesia, is caused by fires set in forests and on carbon-rich peatland in Indonesia to clear land for palm oil and pulpwood plantations. / AFP PHOTO / ABDUL QODIR (Photo credit should read ABDUL QODIR/AFP/Getty Images)
SAKHA REPUBLIC, RUSSIA - AUGUST 4, 2017: Conducting a controlled burn to prevent the spread of wildfires in the Gorny district. Svetlana Pavlova/TASS (Photo by Svetlana Pavlova\TASS via Getty Images)
A firefighter tries to extinguish a bush fire in Ogan Ilir regency, South Sumatra, Indonesia August 4, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken August 4, 2017. Antara Foto/Nova Wahyudi/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
A firefighter tries to extinguish a bush fire in Ogan Ilir regency, South Sumatra, Indonesia August 4, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken August 4, 2017. Antara Foto/Nova Wahyudi/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
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Back in the United States, some of the fires will continue to blaze until at least October, based on data in the Incident Information System.

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