Record-breaking number of wildfires hit UK

The UK has experienced a record-breaking number of wildfires this year, before summer has even started, according to data from NASA.

According to NASA scientists, who have been using a satellite to track fires in the UK, the number of fires detected from space have been increasing since 2017 as a result of increasingly warm and dry weather conditions.

As of the end of April, there have already been more fires in the UK so far this year than had occurred by the same point in 2018, which itself was a record breaking year, according to the data.

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Notable fires in England this year include blazes in February and April in Ashdown Forest  and in late February, following the UK’s warmest winter day on record, the Marsden Moor fire burned in West Yorkshire. Scotland has seen fires too, including a major wildfire near a wind farm in Moray.

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