How the wildfires along the west coast are affecting the environment

The west coast fires are detrimental to our environment

As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough, along the west coast states there are an estimated 40 fires raging enough for fire fighters having to evacuate. Our climate affects wildfires in tremendous ways and in return the wildfires harms our environment.

According to CNN and FOX news, in Washington about 80% of homes and public infrastructure have been devoured by the flames causing people to flee the state. Further down the coast, in California, 2.2 million acres have been scorched, this fire has set a year record for “The Golden State” and 4 months still remain of fire season. Back up in Oregon 230,000 acres have been burned and thousands of people have had to evacuate their hometowns.

Now how this is a result of our climate and how it further affects it is the interesting part.  In forests there is a natural dry matter that catches and spreads fire easy called forest fuel. When our climate gets hotter and hotter this matter dries out and makes it incredibly easy to catch flames. When we admit different fossil fuels and toxins into the environment, it makes the air drier and denser causing the fuel to dry out. How this affects our environment in the after-math can be detrimental. Take streams, lakes and rivers for example, the effects on them can be long-term to water supply and the organisms living in them. The fires affect vegetation and the grounds ability to absorb water, more threat of flash floods, and pollutes the water with ash and toxins that were burned.

Forest fires have a dramatic effect on our day to day lives and an even bigger effect on mother nature’s day to day life. There’s small precautions we can take to help prevent these fires from happening. Whether it’s riding a bike instead of driving or checking the fire flags for your area. There’s always a way to help prevent these fires from damaging our earth.