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Wildfires often lead to dust storms – and they’re getting bigger

By Matt Telfer, Associate Professor of Physical Geography, University of Plymouth
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Wildfires affect large areas of the Earth’s surface and many of their effects occur at an alarming speed. The fires that consumed half of Australia’s Kangaroo Island in 2019 left a trail of animal corpses in their wake. In 2021, wildfires burned over 2.5 million acres of land in California.

But wildfires have other harmful effects that are slower to materialise. Wildfires reduce vegetation cover and can damage…The Conversation


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