United States Wildfires

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Jada Moore, Editor

Wildfires are worse than they have ever been and don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. 

As of August 18, 2021, the National Interagency Fire Center claims “Nationally, more than 2.4 million acres have burned in 104 large fires and complexes in 12 states. More than 25,000 wildland firefighters and support personnel and 34 Type 1 and Type 2 Incident Management Teams are assigned to incidents across the country”(NIFC). These fires are covering cities at a rapid pace. As of right now, the states that are facing these fires the most are California, Oregon, Washington and Montana. These few states have declared emergencies, meaning warning their citizens to prepare for evacuation. 

 

Most of the time these fires are caused by the combination of dry conditions, low humidity and strong winds.  NBC News reporter, Florea, says “The monsoon season has begun in the Southwestern U.S., tamping down the potential for increased fire activity in states such as Arizona and New Mexico.” (Florea)

These communities are trying their hardest to eliminate these fires, but they are starting to spread rapidly and it is becoming very dangerous and challenging. Marcus Dipaola states, “The United Nations Report Release today says our climate emergency is code red for humanity, and we have zero years left to avoid dangerous climate change. The report says climate change is already causing extreme weather and predicts that temperatures will rise by 2.7 degrees fahrenheit by 2040. Ten years earlier than expected” (Dipola).

If Americans were not scared before, they should be now.