From California to Washington, what look like lakes of lava are actually massive wildfires. Welcome to wildfire season. In many towns close to the fire, a thick cloud of wildfire smoke covers the area. The smoke here prevents people coming out more than a short period of time and the smoke is making potential bans to football games and other activities.
Some of the biggest wildfires will start this month, which prompts a bigger scare for the people of these towns scattered along the wildfire area. There is some good news though, in the upcoming weeks the fires will start to wind down. In Idaho, Kim Johno said, “you look outside and it's like a thick fog. It’s definitely impacting our sports, football and everything.” Her sister was hospitalized from respiratory failure from wildfire smoke last year.
Abcnews.go.com said “a wet winter and spring in the western U.S brought predictions that the 2017 wildfire season would be wild.” But now it's turned out to be the worst wildfire in U.S history for most land burned. “How much land?” you might ask, well close to two million acres of land. This fire almost stacks up to the Miramichi fire, the third worst fire in U.S history. Now the 2017 fire on the west coast, the 4th worst fire in U.S history. It hasn't been reported on much due to Irma and the other upcoming hurricanes. What a time on the Western side!
Story by Graham Brooks