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The aftermath of destructive wildfires, seen from above

By Johnny Simon
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

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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