Canadian wildfires chase 5,300 people from their homes
August 7, 2009
A combination of dry weather and lightning strikes has created a huge wildfire problem in British Columbia
. The United States has been having a pretty problematic fire year
, as well -- with more fires and more acres burned this year to date than last year. Nationally, we are currently above the ten-year average for both metrics. Fire management takes place on some scales (like El Nino patterns) that are far beyond our control, but it can also take place on the micro scale, where people use portable firefighting pumps
to help protect their properties and contain small fires before they spread.
last revised August 2009