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The aftermath of destructive wildfires, seen from above

By Johnny Simon

Deadly wildfires in the US and Europe caused by increasingly hot and dry weather have been particularly pronounced this year, flaring up in areas—such as above the Arctic Circle in Sweden—where they are rarely seen.

Images from current and past wildfires show the aftermath of  blazes that change landscapes in short spans of time. What is left is either a scorched, blank slate—or a reminder of what once was there: the remnants of a forest, the layout of cul de sacs in a neighborhood where houses now are nowhere to be seen.

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Aerial view of Mati, Greece on July 24, 2018 after a fire that killed more than 90 people.
Antonis Nicolopoulos/Eurokinissi via Reuters
Mati, Greece on July 25.
Rob Anderson via Reuters
The Carr fire burning through Redding on July 26, 2018.
Rob Anderson via Reuters
Redding, California, after the Carr fire on July 29, 2018.
California Highway Patrol/Golden Gate Division/Handout via Reuters
The devastation from the North Bay wildfires north of San Francisco, California in 2017.
The aftermath of wildfires in Santa Rosa, California in 2017.
Reuters/Ilya Naymushin
An aerial view of the Siberian town of Kansk, after a wildfire in 2017.
Reuters/Jason Franson/Pool
A devastated forest in Fort McMurray.
Reuters/Jason Franson/Pool
A view of the neighborhoods devastated in the Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfire in 2016.
Reuters/David Ryder
Reuters/Joshua Lott
Trees burned by the Yarnell Hill Fire in Yavapai County, Arizona in 2013.
Reuters/Rick Wilking
A section of Yarnell that was destroyed in 2013.
Reuters/Rick Wilking
An aerial view of the destruction from the Black Forest Fire in Colorado in 2013.
Reuters/Rick Wilking
A strip of fire retardant near Yarnell, Arizona separates a burned area from untouched vegetation in 2013.
Reuters/John Wark
Homes destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2012.
Reuters/Darryl Dyck/Pool
A dirt road winds its way through forest destroyed by a fire burning on the edge of Lillooet, British Columbia in 2009.