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Wildfires Flare Up Again in Nepal

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April 24th, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Fires

Fires in Nepal - April 24th, 2009

Fires in Nepal - April 24th, 2009

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Here, smoke along the towering Himalaya Mountains can be seen in Nepal. Many national parks and conservation areas are located in this area, and the smoke appears to be from fires burning in or very near them.

Nepal has been experiencing a lot of problems with fires over the last two months; in early April light rain appeared to have helped the situation over a week or so, but smoke is once again present in this image, captured today.

It is common for Nepal to be affected by¬† forest fires during the dry season between October and January in its jungles and protected areas. These fires are often caused by farmers using the “slash and burn” method for agricultural purposes, or by poachers to flush out game.

However, this year the blazes have remained out of control even in the national parks in the Himalayan region where agricultural fires are uncommon, most likely due to the unusually long 6-month dry spell this year.

This has led conservationists to blame climate change for the wildfires, as global warming has led to progressively drier winters over the last few years (please click here for previous article).

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