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95 Wild Fires Burning in the Western US

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1.1 million acres are on fire or have burnt in the Western United States. Its gotten so bad that the Military is being called in to help.  Even if they get the fires put out, the Godzilla El Niño that is predicted for this year should create havoc due to all the vegetation that has been destroyed.


Active duty military sought to combat Western wildfires now spread to 7 states

With seven Western states battling devastating wildfires, the National Interagency Fire Center is mobilizing active duty soldiers to aid thousands of firefighters in their suppression efforts.

Troops have not been used to fight wildfires since 2006, according to a news release from authorities, signifying the severity of this problem.

There are approximately 95 large wildfires burning over 1.1 million acres in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, and Colorado, according to the NIFC's statement.

The NIFC's Aitor Bidaburu said in the statement that they are "committed" to suppressing "the most challenging wildfires we've experienced in several years."

The Department of Defense is sending 200 active soldiers from the Army's Joint Base Lewis-McChord air base in Washington to be trained Wednesday before they combat the massive wildfires Saturday, according to the statement.

CNN reported Monday that 25,000 firefighters are already at work to suppress the flames, having evacuated more than 1,000 people from the affected states. Almost two dozen fires are blazing through Washington state.

more: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/active-duty-military-sought-to-combat-western-wildfires-now-spread-to-7-states-1.363352


"Godzilla" El Niño is not a technical or scientific term, but it's a good way to describe the upcoming El Niño event, because it could likely be one of the strongest since record-keeping began in 1950.





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