ENVIRONMENT

This video shows a bushfire in Australia, not a forest fire in Pakistan

Published on 25/05/2022 at 05:37

A video showing plumes of smoke rising from burning trees has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in posts that claim it was filmed in a forest in Pakistan. Although a huge fire broke out in a large pine nut forest in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan in May 2022, the video has been shared in a false context. The footage shows a bushfire in Australia in December 2019, when the country was ravaged by catastrophic blazes fuelled by climate change.