Dense smoke rose above a rash of wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina in late December 2016 and early January 2017. Over the past month, roughly two dozen fires have spread across the rural landscape. The blazes were likely started by thunderstorms that followed a stretch of hotter-than-average weather, according to Clarín, a South American news site.
Currently, there are active fires in La Pampa, Buenos Aires, and Río Negro provinces, according to a meteorologist with Argentina’s National Fire Management Service. The organization is still working to measure the total burned area.