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Where are these forest fires going to strike next?

Where are these forest fires going to strike next?

Angela Coppola

Angela Coppola

Where are these forest fires going to strike next?

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Recently there has been an untamable Forest Fire in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. The forest fires have been rapidly spreading to bordering states like Tennessee . According to the National Interagency Fire Center, in 2015 alone there have been 68,151 Wildfires and 10,125,149 acres of land have been burned and destroyed.

“Preventing Wildfires is tricky because sometimes we can’t [possibly] prevent them at all. At the very least we could make people more aware of the effects of a wildfire on society and the environment like we do awareness for drugs, sex, etc.,” says Junior Hannah Clark.

The current Forest Fire in North Carolina has been speculated to have been started by a human action according to FOX News. Even though most of the time Wildfires are caused by natural conditions such as a drought or lightning striking, but that doesn’t excuse humans for the wildfires caused by their actions.  We should be looking and preparing strategies to implement if another forest fire catches, or if the current fire begins to spread across more acreage. Being over prepared for this natural disaster will only benefit the environment and human health.

“This past Thanksgiving I spent the Holiday with my Family in Asheville and driving through the smoke to get up there was horrible.  My eyes were irritated and I couldn’t stop sniffling. It only lasted about 10 minutes, but imagine living in that for 10 days,” says Clark.

This smoky air is a concerning factor because it can cause temporary or even long term medical consequences. Along with health scares , the fragile ecosystems in the forest are being disrupted which is harmful for the organisms that inhabit the space.  

“The effect smoke has on the lungs should be enough to get the people’s attention  of how really extreme this matter is,” says Clark.

North Carolina and other bordering states have been placed in states of emergency and asked to evacuate. This was done not only to protect the people living in these affected areas, but to facilitate the work of the heroic firefighters putting out this extreme fires .  

“I think that the evacuation of those that lived in close proximity to the fires was absolutely necessary,” says Junior Emma Welch.   

   

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