The fire season has began and unfortunately a scorching fire has started in California. Let’s begin with what areas are being affected. This fire has rapidly reached ten western states including, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Washington. California and Oregon are suffering the most. About 3.5 million acres have been burned throughout California. New York Times says, “The North Complex, which absorbed the Bear Fire, has been burning for weeks since it was sparked by lighting on August 17th. Since then heavy wind has carried the fire even further and even more quickly.”
In Oregon, over 1 million acres of land have also been burned. Here is what Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said during a briefing Tuesday. “I want to be upfront in saying that we expect to see a great deal of loss, both in structures and human lives,” “This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history.” New York Times also says “In Oregon, blazes are reaching into areas untouched by fire for decades.”
We also must wonder, how did this blaze even start in the first place? Well we aren’t positive how the first fire started by we have ideas. Fires can start from human activity. Whether it’s a cigarette, fireworks, or even accidental ignition. Even some rumors are swirling around the media that the first fire or the fires that followed were deliberately lit. Yet simply some of the reason is just nature. Large lightning strikes kicked off the blazes in California during August. A lack of rain or misuse to crop fields also play a part. But does climate change have anything to do with this as well?
How does climate change affect the environment the fire can burn in? We know that climate change doesn’t start the fires but it does make them worse or more likely to happen. It is far more dangerous now than in the past because of increased heat and dryness. Bush fire season lasts longer now because of drought or dry soil. A report according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggest with rising temperatures it creates a better environment for the fires to burn and flow faster. So with climate change causing the temperature to increase wildfires are more prone to ignite and spread.
In conclusion, fires are spreading and growing more than ever before. This is a threatening fire that is crisping vast acres of land and shifting many people’s lives. We can help the victims of this tragic fire by donating to Red Cross Disaster relief and recovery fund .