DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the largest single fire in U.S. history had 87 total fatalities? Out of those deaths, 78 were firefighters. This tragedy was 'The Great Fire of 1910', also occasionally referred to as the "Big Burn". The damage of such disaster was so massive. It had burned more than 3 million acres in the states of Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Over the course of time, wildfires have continued to claim lives and destroy livelihood across the globe. In 2017, parts of Europe, Canada, and the US were ravaged by wildfires on an unprecedented scale. Just a year after, new records are being set around the world as extremely hot temperatures become a trend. This, in turn, causes a large number of fires. In 2018, intense summer heat waves have been experienced even across the Atlantic. This rare phenomenon across Europe created fertile ground for fires.
Climate change has been a huge factor in the persistence of fires. With lives at stake, the call to be more mindful of the environment is increasing. In total, the state of California alone spent a record-breaking $2.7 billion to fight fires in 2017. The following year, six firefighters have died battling California fires. A lot of sacrifice from world governments is needed to address disasters such as this. As climate change shows no signs of slowing down, there is more of these disasters to be expected. The willingness of state officials to do the right measures is vital, and so is the willingness of firefighters to risk their lives for others. The dedication of these modern-day heroes cannot be seen as depicted in firefighter TV shows. Without these people, more lives and property will be at risk each time disaster strikes.