Over the course of three days alone, San Francisco has already faced down 600 wildfires. Emergency workers in California hurried to evacuate rural areas of Northern California on Thursday. They warned residents that the high winds that propel the out-of-control blaze could become stronger in the coming days.
The Kincade fire, the largest fire to ignite this week, raged through the steep canyons of northern Sonoma county, racing through 10,000 acres within hours of igniting. The wind gusts made it worse, as it propelled the fire through forests like blowtorches, which left firefighters with little opportunity to stop, or at least slow down, the fires.
Aerial footage showed homes engulfed in flames. But beyond the destruction, which appeared limited on Thursday to a relatively small number of buildings, hundreds of thousands of people were affected, both by the fires and a deliberate blackout meant to prevent them. Schools and businesses closed and thousands of people evacuated their homes.
It has been three consecutive years of record-breaking fires, and researchers say that these are to continue as the world warms. In light of all this, how, then, should we live in an ecosystem that is primed to burn?
More of this over at The New York Times.
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