An extended period of hot dry weather in parts of the US has damaged crops. In addition for much of August there have been wildfires raging out of control in parts of the US. This is going to add to the expected food shortages the extensive heat wave in the US will bring.
People in the areas affected by wildfires are struggling to survive. The Red Cross have been distributing meals, snacks drinks and equipment such as shovels and dust masks. They face a huge task as such large areas are affected. Oklahoma State is a huge area and in response to the need there the Red Cross has added an extra 200 workers to help out.
In Washington there are reports that thousands of acres of land have been lost due to a wiildfire. People have also been evacuated from the area. Yesterday, August 14, it was Texas affected and today California. The spread of the fires is alarming. The US is no stranger to Summer Wildfires but 2012 is proving a testing year. Other extreme weather has caused problems also.
20-year-old Ann Veseth lost her life fighting one fire. She was a Forest fire fighter. Ann died last Sunday in Idaho. RIP.
Unless there is a break in the weather the fires covering swathes of land in the Western States of America look set to continue for some time. Currently there are around 62 reported fires burning .Controlling them will be a huge task for the fire services. Houses and structures have been damaged beyond repair and it will be a costly and slow process restoring towns and rural areas.
The death of Ann Veseth proves, if you needed proof, just how dangerous fire fighting is. Citizens should leave it to the professionals unless there is no alternative.