60+ Distressing Images of the Worldwide Wildfire Season 2021

Following a horrific 2020 fire season, the 2021 wildfire season has been one of the most devastating in history. Ominous signs had popped up early this year as worsening droughts and unprecedented early heatwaves started to affect various regions of the world.

Increased extreme weather caused by climate change has increased the intensity and scale of fires on multiple continents. Fueled by summer heatwaves and high winds, wildfires have swept through millions of acres of land in Siberia, the Pacific Northwest and Southeastern Europe. The infernos have decimated entire towns, forests and left death and destruction in their wake.

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According to a fire season forecast from AccuWeather, up to 9.5 million acres could burn this year. However, with the ongoing wildfires, it would seem that this above-average wildfire season is likely to continue through September or maybe longer.

Here we have compiled a horrific account of the 2021 wildfire season in 60+ pictures from all over the world, which are a glimpse of the repercussions of human-induced climate change and global warming on the planet and all of its inhabitants.

A home consumed by flames in the River Fire, a wildfire burning in Grass Valley, California. Thousands will be left homeless after this devastating fire season is over.

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Image: Fred Greaves/Reuters

Flames make their way across the front deck of a home in Grass Valley, California. Over 150,000 people are experiencing homelessness amid California wildfires.

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Image: Fred Greaves/Reuters

Firefighters battle the wildfires at Feslegen Plateau in Milas district of Mugla, Turkey.

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Image: Anadolu Agency

Firefighters rush to move bushes away from homes that are threatened by the River Fire near the Placer County town of Grass Valley, California.

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Image: Fred Greaves/Reuters

Wildfires burning close to the Kemerköy power plant in Muğla, Turkey, where firefighters and volunteers have been trying to keep the embers away from the area.

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Image: Ali Ballı/EPA

In the aftermath of the Dixie Fire in Greenville, California, a commercial building still shoulders.

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Image: Fred Greaves/Reuters

A firefighting helicopter pours water over a fire in Varympompi in Acharnes, Greece, as the country reels under a severe heatwave.

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Image: Orestis Panagiotou//EPA

Firefighters have also been rescuing animals from advancing fires in Bodrum, Muğla, Turkey and other aflame regions.

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Image: Emre Tazegul/AP

A forest burning near the Mediterranean resort area in Marmaris district of Muğla, where massive evacuation had been underway as the fires approached.

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Image: Yasin Akgul/AFP

People trying to contain a blaze in the Manavgat district as the temperature rise and strong winds fanned the flames toward residential areas.

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Image: Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency

An aerial view of Antalya’s Manavgat district after a fire decimated many parts of the town, with embers still burning and smoke rising.

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Image: Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency

Wildfires have ravaged the entire forest area in İçmeler region near Marmaris, Turkey, leaving the hills charred and bare.

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Image: Umit Bektas/Reuters

People herd cattle and sheep away from an advancing fire in Muğla’s Marmaris district, as flames eat up pastures and forests and move toward residential areas.

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Image: Yasin Akgul/AFP

Firefighters have been tirelessly trying to control the fires in Muğla, where wildfires erupted in July marking the worst-ever infernos in the country’s history.

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Image: Mahmut Serdar Alakus/Anadolu Agency

Entire forests have been burned down to ashes in Antalya’s Manavgat district in Turkey.

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Image: Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency

A helicopter douses a forest fire in Muğla’s Marmaris district, where residents and tourists were prompted to evacuate villages, towns and some of the country’s most popular resort areas.

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Image: Ali Riza Akkir/Anadolu Agency

Two firefighters taking account of the Dixie Fire in California, which has consumed 278,000 acres and was only 35% contained three weeks after it erupted.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Flames devour a home as the Dixie Fire ravages through the Indian Falls community of Plumas County, California.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

People stand behind the fire line as flames from the Steptoe Canyon Fire spread through dry grassland in Colton, Washington. Wildfire season 2021 is becoming even more devastating than the previous year.

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Image: August Frank/Lewiston Tribune/AP

The Sugar Fire, part of the Beckworth Complex Fire, consumes a home as it tears through Doyle, California.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

The Sugar Fire sends embers flying around in a field in Doyle, which has been ravaged by a wildfire for the second time in less than a year.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Taken in early July, this long-exposure photograph shows flames surrounding a drought-stricken Shasta Lake during the Salt Fire in Lakehead, California.

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Image: Josh Edelson/AFP

Raging wildfire devours a forest in Marmaris district, Turkey.

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Image: AFP

Forest fires in the Manavgat district of the resort town Antalya, where people have been evacuated although wildlife is suffering immensely.

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Image: Anadolu Agency

The village of Lytton, in British Columbia, was destroyed by a wildfire after temperatures reached a scorching 49.6 Degrees Celsius — a record for Canada.

Image: Darryl Dyck/AP

Smoke and flames rise skyward during the Sparks Lake wildfire at Thompson-Nicola Regional District, British Columbia.

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Image: Reuters

The Embleton Mountain Wildfire ripping down the mountain in British Columbia, Canada.

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Image: Cole Burston/The Guardian

Gigantic flames of the Dixie Fire in the Plumas National Forest rising toward the sky while devouring a forest.

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Image: David Swanson/Reuters

Smoke rises from a forest outside the village of Berdigestyakh in Sakha Republic, Russia, as the Siberian region is ravaged by severe fires.

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Image: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Following a June heatwave, wildfires swept over 1.5 million hectares of Yakutia’s taiga forests.

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Image: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

A wildfire ravaging a lush forest outside the village of Berdigestyakh in Sakha Republic, Russia.

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Image: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

A fire engulfs a house in the village near Bodrum, in Mugla province. Many people will be left to pick up the pieces of their life once the fires are out.

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Image: Emre Tazegul/AP

Firefighters battle to extinguish flames next to a boat in the ancient city of Milas in Muğla Province in southwestern Turkey.

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Image: Erdem Sahin/EPA

As the wildfires approach the northeastern suburbs of Athens, a statue of goddess Athena is seen as wildfire burns at Varympompi.

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Image: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

A raging inferno spread across southeastern Oregon, fueled by dangerous “fire clouds” containing heat and spreading embers across the drought-stricken region during the Bootleg Fire.

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Image: John Hendricks/Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal/AP

The aftermath of the Dixie Fire near Greenville, California, left death and destruction in its wake.

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Image: Josh Edelson/AFP

The smoke from the Dixie Fire fills the sky in Greenville, California, which has become the largest fire of the western US state.

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Image: Josh Edelson/AFP

Wildfires illuminating the night sky in Muğla’s Marmaris district, the hills are aglow with the countless infernos ravaging them.

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Image: Mahmut Serdar Alakus/Anadolu Agency

Wildfires burn on the mountain near Limni village on the island of Enia, about 100 miles north of Athens, Greece.

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Image: Michael Pappas/AP

The Bootleg Fire burning through the southeast Oregon region, where flames ravage the lands and smoke fills the sky.

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Image: National Wildfire Coordinating Group

The Dixie Fire burning on highway 89, California. The fire has become the largest and most destructive in the state’s history.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Smoke engulfs trees from the Sugar Fire, which is a part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, California.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

A truck driver watches as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, burns in Doyle, California.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Flames consume a home as the Sugar Fire tears through Doyle, a small town in Lassen Country.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

The Beckwourth Complex Fire spread beyond state lines over to neighboring states and continues to burn across 83,926 acres of land, destroying homes.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Entire homes and vehicles were engulfed in the flames, however, despite the continued risk of fires, people still plan to rebuild from the ashen grounds.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Firefighters trying to contain the Sugar Fire, which became California’s first mega fire of the year as the Dixie Fire tripled in size.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

A spotted deer is spotted running away from a burning area in Plumas National Forest during the Beckwourth Complex Fire.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Two firefighters trying to douse an aflame part of the Plumas National Forest.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

The Plumas National Forest is seen alight in the night as the Sugar Fire ravages the wildlife.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Firefighters taking the account of the wildfire in Plumas National Forest as the Sugar Fire devours the flora and fauna in the forest.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Flames burn on a mountain during a wildfire near Limni village on the island of Evia, near Athens, Greece.

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Image: Thodoris Nikolaou/AP

The night sky is alight as the Dixie Fire approaches residential areas in California, where many people have lost their homes.

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Image: Ty ONeil

The east side of the Tamarack Fire, which crossed the California state line into Nevada.

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Image: US Forest Service/Zuma Press Wire

Flames rise skyward in Schinos, Greece, with firefighters trying to extinguish these enormous flames in May 2021.

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Image: Vassilis Psomas/Reuters

Firefighters combating a flame in a forest near the Manavgat district of Antalya, Turkey.

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Image: Suleyman Elcin/Anadolu Agency

A firefighter spraying water on a forest fire near Manavgat district, where high temperatures and wind speed made the task enormously difficult.

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Image: Kaan Soyturk/Reuters

In Siberia, the unprecedented heatwave ignited forest fires that are threatening to expose permafrost, leading to further warming of the region.

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Image: Maksim Slutsky/AP

An aerial photograph of houses surrounded by a wildfire that engulfed a Mediterranean resort region on Turkey’s southern coast near the town of Manavgat.

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Image: AFP

Oregon’s Bootleg Fire has been burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest along the Oregon and California border since the beginning of July.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

The Bootleg Fire has burned through nearly half a million acres of forests and grasslands, forcing thousands of people to evacuate.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Since beginning on June 6, the Bootleg Fire has devoured an area larger than the city of Los Angeles.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Named after Bootleg Spring, the fire has forced at least 2,000 residents from mostly rural areas to abandon their homes.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

Paramilitary police officers and people watch as a wildfire fueled by strong winds rage near the Mediterranean coastal town of Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey.

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Image: Arif Kaplan/IHA/AP

Tourists had to be evacuated by boat as the fire approached famous establishments in the resort town of Bodrum, Turkey.

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Image: AP

In 2021, more than 267 major fires have been detected razing almost 105,000 hectares of the Amazon Rainforest.

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Image: Carl de Souza

As of 6 August 2021, the Bootleg Fire has burned 413,765 acres and is 87% contained and is estimated to be extinguished by October. It has become one of the worst wildfires in the 2021 wildfire season.

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Image: Noah Berger/AP

The Bootleg Fire has been creating a towering cloud of hot air, smoke and moisture that has produced lightning.

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Image: Reuters

A local resident looks at flames devouring a residential area as a wildfire burns in the village of Schinos, near Corinth, Greece.

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Image: Vassilis Psomas/Reuters

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