The California wildfire season has arrived early this year is what seems to be an even more devastating and destructive wildfire than last years record-shattering wildfires.
As of now, more than 4000 incidents of wildfires have been reported in California out of those 4000 most of them are small fire which has been controlled and then extinguished but the great threat is about 3 large fires in the northern parts of America’s richest state California.
The largest of those 3 fires is ‘The Lava Fire’ north of an active volcano – Mount Shasta. This fire has burnt down 23,849 acres out of which only 27 % has been contained by a team of 1,000 firefighters. This fire was sparked on 25th June by a lightning strike.
The second-largest fire is north of ‘The Lava Fire’ in a national forest that is still growing and has burnt 10,000 acres of forest. A team of 500 firefighters have managed to control 17 % of the fire and the threat still looms at large.
The third of largest fires, the ‘Salt Fire’ has burnt 4,500 acres and moreover destroyed multiple homes, garages and outbuildings.
The reason for so many wildfires is that California is in an extended drought, there has been very little rain and the trees and shrubs are extremely dry, thus propelling the fire.
Experts suggest that the peak of the fire season is yet to come and the California Fire Data says that the number of fires thus far in 2021 has already surpassed what was seen at this point in 2020. The total number of acres burned, however, is lower.
This is the highest number of wildfires recorded in the January to June period since 2011.
In a virtual meeting held by President Biden regarding the fires with the governors of Western states, he announced the plans to hire more firefighters and raise their pay. “We can’t cut corners when it comes to managing our wildfires or supporting our firefighters,” Biden said to the governors. “Right now we have to act and act fast.″
Thousands have been evacuated from their homes in what seems to an upcoming catastrophe as experts predict this to be the most devastating fire season.