WEATHER BY FIRE!
This is the latest update of the ongoing California wildfires that are actually changing the weather conditions here. After one of the largest fires known as the Rocky fire being contained by 20% there were new reports of the wildfire actually jumping existing fire lines. Firefighters are incorporating some of the newest forms of techniques utilized to win the battle. These techniques include not only how to set up a geological barrier against an approaching fire, meteorological techniques are being used. Knowing that large, regional fires can actually create a distinct climate change in various areas, they can more effectively fight the fire using cloud, wind and humidity changes to contain the advance, thus increasing a more rapid, secure containment.
Some of the scientific techniques being used are not new, but what is amazing to consider is how the constant improvements in observation, both from satellites and aircraft, as well as, above mentioned methods are not only containing and ending fire hazards, they are also much more effective in protecting and saving firefighters, inhabitants, habitats, and wildlife.
Here are some of the most recent photographs of the California wildfires courtesy of various media organizations:
In a recent research, I learned of the two most stressful careers to undertake are firefighting and law enforcement. With recent events in the news one would speculate law enforcement came in as the most stressful? Firefighters edge out law enforcement as the most stressful employment career. Please do wish the best for all those who undertake any form of public safety for without them the everyday person would be in much more peril. This is a fact well documented.
It should be noted that the present wildfire situation in the entire state of California is historic. Not in recent history have there been so many large fires occurring at the same time where thousands of personnel, equipment and aerial support have been called into action on such short notice. The four-year long extreme drought is, of course the major culprit. Therefore, everyone who has been trying to be more frugal with water usage should also take into account increased safety measures to prevent accidental fires in all categories.
As environmental hazards are being reported in media outlets as never before in history due, in many cases where people choose to live in more dangerous topographies, worldwide protection of the populations has also become more stressful.
The bottom line is this regarding changing weather? Is it not now a bit more easy to understand how extreme environmental events, such as volcanic eruptions, large fires, earthquake events including tsunamis when epicenters are off-coast, and extreme meteorological events can change the climate of earth for years?