Wildfire season this year has been a difficult one both on the west coast and now on the east coast. The high temperatures and lack of rain have created the low relative humidity in the vegetation that can contribute to the intensity of wildfire. Add high winds and it makes fighting wildfires and brush fires even more difficult. On the west coast, the high temperatures have contributed to the intensity of multiple wildfires. In the east, Boston has had 90-degree temperatures over 5 days in a row. In the midwest, for example, Cleveland, Ohio experienced temperatures of 90 degrees for days in a row. In the southwest, Arizona saw temperatures in the triple digits that caused deaths.
Out west, fires have been raging in California. Fire north of Los Angeles has caused over 1,300 homes to be evacuated. In San Diego, a wildfire blazed and destroyed over 20 homes. In New Hampshire, a firefighter died fighting a brush fire. According to a report, “The Orford firefighter was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was an active member of the town’s fire department for about 10 years.” According to the New Hampshire governor, flags will be flown at half-staff on the day of his funeral as the New England State mourns his loss. In Sandwich, Massachusetts on the Cape firefighters battled a 15-acre brush fire.
Check out the Firewise website to see what you can do to make your home more resilient in the event of a wildfire, from the east coast to the west and everywhere in between.
Temperature map from NOAA