If you live on the west coast of the United States, chances are you’re familiar with wildfire season. Between August and November in particular, many parts of the western U.S. are at risk for excessive dryness and extreme heat that enable wildfires to grow rapidly. These fires can build upon a domino effect of sorts, creating patterns of violent wind that allow additional fires to spark and spread.
2020 has seen incredibly excessive amounts of damage from wildfires throughout different regions. Hundreds of thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes and millions of acres have burned this year in California alone. Additionally, these fires are taking place in the midst of a global pandemic, with air quality becoming increasingly toxic. The environmental, financial, physical, and emotional costs of these fires are enormous.
Fortunately, there are ways you can help combat this dangerous pattern and contribute to wildfire relief efforts from home.