NPR on Greenland Wildfires

August 18, 2017

All Things Considered:

More than two weeks after they were first spotted, wildfires on the western coast of Greenland are still burning, worrying local residents and drawing the attention of scientists.

The fires are roughly 90 miles northeast of the second-largest Greenlandic town, Sisimiut, as we previously reported. There are currently three growing hot spots, according to an analysis of NASA data by Stef Lhermitte, an assistant professor of geoscience and remote sensing at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Nina-Vivi Andersen, a reporter for Nanoq News in the capital, Nuuk, has lived in Greenland her whole life and says she has never heard of a wildfire there.
“It’s very unusual,” she says, and the timing is particularly bad because reindeer hunting season just opened on Aug. 1.

Satellite data suggests that a campfire or a cigarette likely started the fires.

 

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One Response to “NPR on Greenland Wildfires”

  1. wpNSAlito Says:

    “Satellite data suggests that a campfire or a cigarette likely started the fires.”

    Even before the climatic thaw, I would expect campfires to start peat fires by warming surrounding peat as they moved. Maybe the surface peat wasn’t as dry then.


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