Right now (August 2018) and less than a year after a series of wildfires in California destroyed more than 1.3 million acres, the Golden State has gone up in flames again, and is burning faster and bigger than ever before. That’s devastating news for residents, many of whom were forced to evacuate their homes for the second year in a row, not to mention the 14,000 firefighters working day and night to contain at least 16 major blazes from spreading any further.
Since 1920 the authorities have catalogued wildfires, so it is today known that of the 10 worst wildfire catastrophes since then, the 7 worst have happened in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and the worst in 2018.
Already the current and worst wildfire is covering 100,000 acres of land in Northern California.
Already it has burned 1100 single-family homes to the ground, so only ashes now cover where before the stately homes stood.
Think about it. This catastrophe takes place in this country, we for good reasons call the richest country in the world.
But it is also a country in which protection of the environment is now almost banned.
The present government has rolled back most of the regulatory control of man’s behavior in relation to nature, so that by now pollution is accepted, “fracking” with its disastrous environmental consequences is accepted, mass settling by humans into wooded hills that will burn is accepted, burning fires inside homes, cigarettes thrown from racing cars … and so it goes on.
On top of this, systems for the protection of people and properties are not preemptive, but are only set in place when the harm is cooking hot.
Add to this the idea crazy idea that Global Warming and Climate Change is a hoax, in spite of the fact that the dry seasons have become more dry, longer in duration and never failing in recurrence.
People burn to death, their homes disappear and so do memories of a childhood, while the natural world suffers and deniers thrive.