Great Britain does not seem like the place where a brush fire would occur. Unfortunately thanks to climate change this is now the case. Crews of firemen have been tackling the fire at Saddleworth Moor for days. It has gotten to the point where the government has deployed army troops to help keep the fire from spreading.
Dramatic footage has shown the extent of the damage caused. The flames spread quickly due to the unusually hot weather and the underground soil that acts as an igniting element. In a sense, this means that the fire continues burning underground even when the external flames have been put out.
This mixture of climate and geology has made the firefighting efforts much more difficult than with a standard forest fire. It is now suspected that the moorland fire was started by arson. However, even if this were the case it has been exacerbated one hundred fold by the effects climate change has had on the area.
On June 28th around 100 Scottish troops were deployed to help aid the firefighters. Firemen crews from surrounding crews were also brought in when the true extent of the blaze was realised. 11 crews were all working together as part of the mass effort.
This is one of the biggest natural fires in modern British history. It has caused a evacuations of homes within the area for fears that the flames and smoke may spread. The fire has spread further thanks to the recent heatwave in Britain that is the result of global warming.
This fire shows the extent of how the climate of Britain is changing. It also shows how the geology of a landscape can greatly exacerbate efforts to put out a blaze. This is an issue that the country must now face to prevent similar incidents.