Forests are beautiful areas of lush greenery, a vast expanse of trees creating a picturesque setting from both up close and afar.
Sadly, aside from the depressing prevalence of deforestation that goes on unabated across the world, these precious natural wonders can also be destroyed by massive forest fires, which not only deprive the world of some of its most gorgeous greenery, but also claim dozens of lives.
The majority of forest fires are started by far from ideal weather conditions, quite often a deadly mixture of unseasonably high temperatures and enormous winds. In this case, unfortunately, there is very little that humankind can do, except to put safety first and pray for the best, leaving it to heroic firefighters to try and quell the flames. However, deadly forest fires can sometimes be the cause of careless or spiteful human activity.
For example, it was nine years ago that the Peloponnese region of Greece was engulfed by a huge forest fire which originated from an extremely hot weather but was amplified by arsonists and ultimately killed more than 50 people. In 2010, a forest fire in Israel is thought to have started when a teenager unwittingly threw a piece of burning coal into a woodland area, clearly oblivious to the consequences that it would eventually have.
These are among the forest fires profiled in this infographic from Irish timber merchant Crowe Sawmills exploring the deadliest forest fires of all time.
Take a look at the full infographic below.
This infographic was created by crowesawmills