The burned remains of a historic barn near a wind farm after the Newell Road fire July 23, 2023 in Dot, Washington. David Ryder/Getty Images
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Fire crews are busy extinguishing Forest fire on Newell Road near Bickleton, which has caused the evacuation of residents of the rural area and threatens farms, livestock, homes and wind And solar farms, KOMO News reported.
“It’s very difficult terrain to fight the fire,” said Allen Lebovitz, a spokesperson for the state Department of Natural Resources, as reported by Reuters. “We are under a red flag warning. It’s a firefighter’s worst nightmare, as the humidity drops sharply. The winds pick up. And so the fire carries extremely quickly.
The wildfire is burning just north of where the Oregon-Washington border is represented by the Columbia River. It has destroyed several structures and is threatening a gas pipeline.
Lebovitz said the fire was heading towards the Yakama Indian Reservation.
Authorities have not announced the cause of the fire and no injuries or deaths have been reported.
“THE climate change problem, the wick has been burning for decades, and now the climate change bomb has gone off. Scientists tell us this is the new era,” the Washington governor said. Jay Inslee said yesterday, according to The Independent.
According to National Interservice Center for Firefightersthere are currently 36 large fires burning across the country, including eight new large fires since yesterday in Arizona, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming.
“Since January, 28,470 wildfires have burned 847,349 acres across the United States, still below the 10-year average of 32,686 wildfires and 3,393,317 acres burned,” the National Interagency Fire Center website said.
Firefighters have warned the public against using drones to observe wildfires, the fire center said.
“Unauthorized drone flights pose serious risks to fire and public safety operations and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression efforts. When your drone is in the air near a wildfire, our aircraft must be grounded, which puts the lives of firefighters at risk and can make wildfires bigger and more expensive,” the fire center’s website said.
According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationclimate change is making wildfire seasons more intense.
“I don’t think the United States has enough firefighters for these fires, and Canada certainly doesn’t,” he said. Daniel Perrakis, a fire research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service in British Columbia, as reported by NPR. “Climate change is very important. We have drought levels that are… at least in the extreme category, and fire season (is coming) early.