This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 85%. (I’m a bot)
Flames consume swaths of the Arctic every spring and summer, most notably in Siberia, but this year’s wildfires had already swept across at least five million acres by May, even creeping into far-North locations that rarely burn.
At the summer solstice in June, the Arctic community of Verkhoyansk topped 38°C for the first time in recorded history.
The burning is expected to continue until at least the end of August, by which time 2020 may be officially declared the worst year of Arctic wildfires yet-though we can expect this sad record to be reset again and again over the coming decades.