NASA Images Show More Wildfires Raging in Africa than Amazon

Rebekah Sager
August 27, 2019 - 12:09 pm

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Recent satellite images taken by NASA reveal that there are now more wildfires raging across African than the Amazon. 

In the area known as the earth's "Second green lung," from Gabon to Angola, more than one million square miles of forest in the Congo Basin are in flames. 

The differences between the Amazon and Africa are staggering -- with nearly 7,000 fires currently burning in Angola and 3,395 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, compared to 2,200 in Brazil. 

Although leaders at the G-7 have offered million in assistance, little has been offered to quell the fires in the Congo Basin. 

But comparing the two areas can be complicated. To start with, most of the fires in Africa are outside of the rainforest regions and are a usual part of the dry season. According to the Angolan Ministry of environment, farmers burn land to prepare for the soil for the rainy season. It's called "slash and burn."  

“Fire is quite a regular thing in Africa. It’s part of a cycle, people in the dry season set fire to bush rather than to dense, moist rain forest.”