Massive increase in wildfires in Netherlands

Fire in the dunes near Heemskerk, 16 July 2018
Fire in the dunes near Heemskerk, 16 July 2018. (Photo: @DePolitieheli / Twitter)

The number of wildfires in the Netherlands increased significantly this year. So far in 2018 there were already more wildfire reports than there were in the entire 2016 and 2017, according to figures from, RTL Nieuws reports.

In 2016 a total of 1,293 reports were made of forest, heath and other wildfires. In 2017 there were 1,530. The wildfire report counter for this year already stands at 1,728.

The vast majority of 2018's wildfires so far happened in July. Between July 1st and 25th over a thousand wildfires were reported, compared to 187 last year. Most reports came from the Oldebroekse Heide on the Veluwe.

The massive increase of wildfires has to do with theand currently affecting the Netherlands.