What does fire have to do with the Poles?

As climate change is causing global temperatures to rise:
• permafrost is thawing
• low-lying vegetation growth is increasing, and drying the soil in areas

Just like in forests near us, low-lying vegetation can serve as additional “fuel” to a forest fire.

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska. Photo credit: National Park Service

The boreal forest (forest in the Arctic region – also called taiga), is the largest forested habitat in the world, making up one third of the earth’s total forested area.