Wildfires Continue to Scorch the Northwest

Aug 3, 2018  | 1 min  | Ep4350

Forest fires in the West are a common occurrence but the intensity and frequency have been on the rise in recent years. California Governor Jerry Brown, has called the increase “uncharted territory.”

John Torpy has more on fires in the western U.S. that have crossed over the billion dollar mark in damages and brushed aside 6 lives. Contact: torpy@iptv.org

Record setting heat, coupled with years of drought, have led to the growth of numerous wildfires in the west—leaving charred homes, businesses, and firefighting budgets in their wake.

Random storms have brought little in the way of relief for parched portions of the western United States. According to the U.S. drought monitor, areas of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico share the driest part of the country.

In the Pacific Northwest, rainfall levels over the past six months have been half of what normally falls in the area, setting the scene for more than 40 wildfires in the region. The National Interagency Fire Center put the call out for firefighters from Australia and New Zealand to help fight the blaze that has scorched more than 300,000 acres.

In northern California, the Carr fire has taken 120,000 acres while simultaneously burning through one quarter of the state’s firefighting budget, just one month into the Golden State’s new fiscal year.

For Market to Market, I’m John Torpy.

 

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