Mexican firefighters arrived in California on Wednesday to help battle the ravaging wildfires. These firefighters were welcomed by the US Forest Service in California. These Mexican firefighters are in California to fight the Sequoia Complex Fire which is over 144,000 acres and only 35% has been ravaged as of Thursday.
The Deputy regional forester of the Pacific Southwest Region of the UD Forest Service maintained that the department is glad and proud to have the firefighters. Earlier this month, some firefighters were sent from Canada to Oregon and California after the US Forest Service asked for assistance through the National Interagency Fire Center.
Fires do not have borders; fires do not have different languages and cultures. In the end, we all speak the same language when it comes to fighting the fire.Mexican agency’s national fire director
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In California, there are at least 23 wildfires and 12 more in Oregon. Over 3.4 million acres have been razed in California, making it the worst fire event in the history of the state, while 938,000 acres have been razed in Oregon. Many other states like Colorado are experiencing larger and more dangerous air quality from the smoke.
This year, the fire season in California has been record-breaking. This event has led to the destruction of many properties and over 64,000 people have been forced to evacuate their buildings. One of the major causes of California’s wildfire is climate change. According to a researcher at the US Forest Service, climate change is increasing fire size and fire behavior.
As of August 19, the California Governor announced that the state was fighting 367 known fires of which many were caused by intense thunderstorms. On August 18, a state of emergency was declared. Climate scientists have argued that one of the leading causes of wildfires in California is climate change as it increases the wildfires’ temperature.