Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Only fact

In 2012, 9.3 million acres of private, state, and federal land, and more than 4,400 structures burned in wildfires.

That was the third highest number of acres burned since at least 1960, the earliest date with reliable records. On average, Forest Service and Interior agencies respond to tens of thousands of wildfires per year, suppressing all but a small percentage during the firstburning period.

Wildfire near Chicago

However, the few fires that cannot be suppressed during the initial stages run the risk of becoming much larger. At the National Interagency Fire Center, firefighting experts from multiple government agencies continuously monitor fire activity, weather and fuel conditions while strategically positioning Federal firefighters, ground equipment and aircraft to support wildfires across the country as the season shifts.