Sun. Aug 1st, 2021

(Sept. 10) California’s worst fire season on record is set to see more devastation as a hot, dry autumn is poised to bring more destruction, blackouts and evacuations.

Three of the four largest blazes in the state’s history have ignited this year, with wildfires torching an unprecedented 2.2 million acres and cutting power to hundreds of thousands of residents. It may get worse next month if tropical winds whip through the state, fanning the tinderbox.

Rising temperatures and an extreme mega-drought across the Western states are fueling fires from Washington to Arizona. Nationwide, 40,883 blazes have consumed 4.6 million acres this year and, for the first time, preemptive blackouts by utilities to prevent more have spread beyond California to Oregon.

Now, California is blanketed in red-flag fire warnings. The sky in San Francisco glows a dark orange as smoke particles are blasted high into the atmosphere and the city is shrouded in a dense blanket of smoke and ash.

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5 thoughts on “LIVE: Deadly Wildfires Worsen Across California, Oregon and Washington | Your World Daily”
  1. This April, nearly 20% of the forested area of northern Thailand burned. Number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon hit a 13-year high at the beginning of the dry season in June this year, up 28% from last year.Last year’s wildfires in Australia killed or displaced an estimated 3 billion animals. As 30% of their habitat burned, 26 native species.Fires in Indonesia similarly affected critically endangered orangutans there, destroying parts of their habitat and food supplies.Fire and climate change feed off each other in a vicious cycle. Hot and dry weather caused by climate change increases the frequency and intensity of fires, and in turn, the carbon dioxide released by fires contributes to global heating.“We’ve seen the frequency and the severity of fires going up,” Meg Symington, senior director of WWF Amazon, told Mongabay. “So our take is, this is only going to get worse over time as climate change continues its course.”
    Climate change influences the size of the area burned and the frequency and severity of fires, according to the report. Extreme fire seasons are becoming more common, and fire seasons are getting longer, particularly in the forests and savannas of East Africa and Brazil. Fire occurrences are also growing more unpredictable, leaving less time for preventive, prescribed burning to be done outside the fire season. For those that blame the states just because its blue or red its sad since those people are clueless to what is actually going on.

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