Recent Increase in Fires Brings Heat Close to Home


A total of 3,627,010 acres have been burned from the rampaging 7,892 fires, most of which have been started in Southern California, according to Cal Fire.

Part of the reason that these fires are spreading is due to the heat. states that this summer was rated third hottest on record in the United States. Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah received the highest temperature in the month of August. Death Valley, which reached a temperature of 130 degrees, is the highest peak of temperature truthfully recorded in the United States.

Fire only needs 3 materials to start: heat, oxygen, and fuel. Heat is a necessity in making a fire, and this summer, there is a large supply of it. The average temperature, “was 74.7°F, 2.6°F above the 20th-century average”, said by Fire also needs oxygen, found worldwide, due to plants and trees. California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Nevada all have a large majority of dry grasses, which can be used as fuel for the fire. 

However, heat is not the only reason for these recent infernos. Humans cause a large amount of these fires. According to, The Bobcat Fire, located in Los Angeles County, was started by a gender reveal party. 85 percent of all fires are caused by humans. states that, “Debris burning, power line sparks, smoking, fireworks, and other incendiary pursuits have doubled the length of the fire season—compared to lightning-caused fires”. Humans have not only decreased the amount of wildlife in starting fires, but have also lengthened the duration of fires by setting fires from January to December…while the previous fire season has only been June through September, 

“Fundamentally, the main solution to a lot of the fire problems that we have [is] taking action,” says Biologist Todd Dawson. “The sooner we reach [action], the better it will be for nature and for people.” 


Want to lend a helping hand? There is so much you can do to aid those who have lost homes, loved ones, and more. One way is to donate. For those who want to contribute by donating money, go to the California Wildfire Relief Fund. If you would prefer to do something more simple, go to a local food bank and donate canned goods. Anything and everything will help.