Wildfires in Algeria have killed at least 65 people and incinerated homes, olive tree orchards, and livestock and formed pyrocumulonimbus clouds visible from space in the Berber region of Kabyle, east of Algiers. Extreme heat has made containing the fires more difficult, with temperatures forecast to hit 116°F (47°C) on Thursday. Both extreme heat, and the fires it helps fuel are signals of climate change caused by human extraction and combustion of fossil fuels. France, which colonized and occupied Algeria until the 1960s, has pledged aid and relief. The Algerian fires are the latest in a drumbeat of fires and extreme heat in the Mediterannean region, including fires in Turkey, Greece, and Italy, as well as extreme heat in southern Europe [see coverage below —Ed.].
Warming and fires are not limited to typically warm regions either, wildfires across Siberia are burning a greater area than the rest of the world’s fires combined, choking a thousand villages with hazardous smoke. (Algeria: AP, Reuters, CNN, France24, The Hill; Siberia: Washington Post $, AP; Extreme heat and heatwaves, Wildfires)