Wildfires ravage the Everglades, wiping out more than 3,000 acres
Wildfires are raging in the Evergreens in the United States, destroying more than 1.3 million acres of habitat, including more than 2 million acres on the Great Lakes, according to a report released Wednesday.
The report, by the American Institute for Conservation Biology, estimates that nearly one in three homes and buildings in the Great Plains will be destroyed by wildfire this year.
The U.S. Forest Service said it is not able to comment on specific fires.
However, the agency said in a statement that it has “stopped a large-scale fire that could have led to the deaths of at least 10 people and damaged thousands of homes and structures.”
The fires have burned a record 3.6 million acres in the state, which has been experiencing its worst wildfire season in decades.
The fire season is supposed to end in September, but the fires are still burning.
“These fires have destroyed much of the Great Basin, but we have also been forced to adapt to an unprecedented drought, exacerbated by climate change,” said Robert D. Trenberth, the director of the Institute for the Study of the Environment at Texas A&M University.
The fires are also wiping out habitat in many other parts of the country, including Florida and California, where wildfires have destroyed millions of acres of forest and caused more than a billion dollars in damages.
In the last decade, there has been a sharp increase in wildfires across the United Kingdom, France, and Italy, the institute said.