California’s Fires and What We Could Do to Stop Them

California's Fires and What We Could Do to Stop Them

Recently in California there have been many major fires burning thousands of acres of land. There have also been many heat waves that are increasing the likeliness of wildfires. These heat waves have reached very high temperatures in the 100s , almost making records, such as Los Angeles reaching 121 degrees recently. As of September 9, 2020 there have been around 7500 fires that have burned almost 2.2 million acres of land. There have been about 4,200 structures destroyed or damaged. The California Department of Forestry and Fire protection says that climate change can significantly increase the amount of fires started. This year there have been almost 4.7 million acres of land burned compared to the 4.2 million acres burned last year in 2019. That is a significant difference in land burned, and 2020 isn’t even over yet.

We have caused climate change by burning fossil fuels and cutting down rain forests. However, people are coming out with hydroponic farms, solar panels, and electric cars, which are “green” technologies meaning that they are better for the environment by not releasing toxic gases or chemicals into the air. This “green” movement can hopefully slow down climate change significantly in the future. Now what can we do to try and stop or slow down these fires. There are many things we can do to try to prevent these fires such as not leaving fires unattended, throwing out cigarettes properly, trying to not use very flammable liquids to start fires like gasoline or alcohol, and the list goes on and on. Some fires are inevitable, such as some electrical equipment malfunctioning or lightning strikes, which we can’t stop early sometimes. Regardless of what we do there will always be those careless people thinking that they’re fine or that they can’t cause big wildfires. We should all try to be more mindful of our surroundings and try to be more careful, so we can prevent these fires from happening.