Reading Time: < 1 minute Major blazes, like this Sumatran fire from 2013, are currently sweeping across Indonesia, according to reports (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)
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Striking images have revealed the extent of wildfires that are currently blazing across Indonesia.

The flames, which come at the same time as massive fires roar across the Amazon rainforest, have been described by the BBC as a ‘devastating ecological tragedy’.

Indonesia, which is home to some of the world’s oldest tropical forests, is currently experiencing its dry season. And according to reports, this year has seen the worst fires since 2015.


The Canary Islands, Alaska, and Siberia have also seen major wildfires this season, with high temperatures cited as a factor.

In addition, human activity in the form of deforestation has been blamed, with the BBC saying that while these forests are ‘often considered to be the planet’s most bio-diverse places’ large swathes are ‘being destroyed in the name of large-scale commercial efforts’.

It is not yet clear whether the fires in Indonesia can be contained, according to reports, which say the situation will become more clear in coming weeks.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.