Dormant ‘zombie fires’ are burning in the Arctic again after ‘hiding underground for a year’

Fierce fires that have lain dormant for months are igniting once again across the Arctic region.

The so-called "zombie fires", which are remnants of record blazes seen last year, may be reemerging due to an unusually warm and dry spring.

As previously documented in other cold regions, such as Alaska, the infernos survive underground during winter and then reignite in spring.

The EU's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) is tracking the fires via satellite, Mashable reports.

"We have seen satellite observations of active fires that hint that 'zombie' fires might have reignited," said CAMS senior scientist Mark Parrington.

The Arctic is one of Earth's most rapidly warming regions and experienced unprecedented wildfires in 2019.

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