Wildfires in California and How They Can Be Prevented
A devastating wildfire season in California began in mid-July of 2018. Fires have continued to persist throughout the months and they are still burning strong. In 2018 there have been a total of 7,579 fires in California, and around 39 major fires have happened since July. They have burned down a total of 1,667,855 acres of California land. This is the largest area that has ever been burned, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the National Interagency Fire Center. The fires have been distressing for many families. There is a current death toll of 50 and officials are still looking for 80 missing people.
Wildfires have been an increasing problem over the past few years and many of them have been due to reckless human behavior. You can help prevent a possible human started wildfire by:
- Never leaving a fire unattended
- Being cautious when camping and using fuel lanterns, stoves, or heaters
- Being sure to fully put out a fire when camping outdoors
- Avoiding spilling flammable liquid
- Not discarding cigarettes, matches, or smoking material on the ground
- Completely extinguishing cigarettes before discarding them
These wildfires cause long lasting, negative effects on humans, animals and the earth. No one wants to be responsible for the devastation of thousands, so make sure to take proper care when dealing with potential fire starters.