When Wildfires Strike

By Adem Lewis / in , , /

Number 5: Australian Bushfire Season
During June of 2019, a series of uncontrollable fires began spreading all over Australia. The damage has been immeasurable. As of the recording of this video, the wildfires
have affected over 46 million acres, killing over 34 people and maiming hundreds. It’s speculated that endangered native species
might end up becoming extinct due to the fires. The situation got so extreme that in January,
the smoke caused by the wildfire actually reached the coasts of Argentina and Chile,
all the way across the South Pacific Ocean. The tragedies continued to pile on due to
the magnitude of the fire. Two helicopters and two fire trucks crashed
on different occasions while trying to fight the wildfire. These incidents ended in the death of over
six first responders. In New South Wales alone, more than 2,500
homes were lost, and 25 residents perished. People all around the country lost their belongings,
their pets, and livelihood. Several charitable efforts have been launched
to help animals and people affected by the tragedy. WWF-Australia created the “Towards Two Billion
Trees” plan to help maintain and restore the koala’s habitat. Hundreds of architecture firms collaborated
pro bono with affected cities and villages, in order to begin reconstructing destroyed
buildings. During December of 2019, the air quality index
displayed a concerning level in certain areas. In Sydney, it was noted that it hit 2,552. To put things into perspective, a result of
200 is already considered hazardous. This number continued to grow, and by January
2020, certain suburbs measured up to 4,650. What Is It? A wildfire occurs when a fire that began in
a location surrounded by vegetation grows out of control. It may turn into an unplanned and unwanted
disaster, hence the term “wild”. Wildfires may also occur due to neglect or
criminal activity. Natural contributing factors are mainly caused
by extremely dry climates, lighting, and volcanic activity. Meanwhile, man-made fires usually begin due
to arson, discarded cigarettes, discarded bullet fragments, and equipment failures. Shifting cultivation, in which small, controlled
fires are lit to clear certain areas for agriculture are another major factor. These fires may grow out of control and start
an unstoppable wildfire. It’s considered that Earth is an intrinsically
flammable planet, due to the fact that its vegetation is carbon-based. The oxygen levels and drier climates during
certain seasons also play a significant part in allowing wildfires to occur. Fire is incredibly destructive to most materials
it gets in contact with. It causes great harm to structures, vegetation,
animals, and humans alike. How far the wildfire can spread depends on
the availability of flammable material. Whether the terrain is even and the weather
conditions in the area also play a vital role. Wildfires usually spread at astonishing speeds. As it burns through a terrain that features
thick vegetation, without any natural or man-made barriers, it can reach speeds of 14 mph. Grasslands will generally burn more quickly
than forests and woods. Number 4: Wildfire in the Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon rainforest and biome is a massive territory that spans several countries. Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru all participate
in burning methods to gain lands for agriculture. This not only leads to deforestation but also
makes wildfires all the more frequent. This is a matter of global concern, as the
Amazon is the most significant carbon dioxide sink in the world. As such, it plays a crucial role in the fight
against global warming. Though a state of emergency was declared on
August 11th 2019, due to the wildfires, a number of people didn’t seem to fully understand
the severity of the situation. Instead of trying to help prevent further
incidents, some farmers sought to take advantage of the distraction. As authorities were focused on putting an
end to the wildfires, they wouldn’t be as alert to illegal burning methods used to clear
fields for agricultural activities. A few days later, a significant number of
new areas affected by wildfire were reported. This only worsened the disaster and made the
fires even more unmanageable. By the end of 2019, over 82,000 wildfires
had been detected. In a particularly tragic case, a married couple
died while trying to protect their home from the ongoing devastation. Eidi and Romildo Rodrigues refused to leave
their wooden shack in the village of Machadinho D’Oeste. After many years of working their farm together,
they ended up dying by each other’s side in the very home they were trying to preserve. Where Is It Located? Wildfires can occur all over the world. Although drier climates and areas with bushy
vegetation are most susceptible, no location is immune to this destructive force. What does vary from place to place is the
most common reason why wildfires occur. Both in Canada and China, lighting is the
most frequent culprit. Meanwhile, in most of Central and South America,
Africa and Southern Asia, the guilty party tends to be connected to human activity. Agricultural practices are prolific in these
locations. In order to maximize the use of the land,
farmers tend to use controlled fires despite the fact that they can easily run wild. The United States and Australia face a particular
problem when it comes to discarded cigarette butts and arson. Extreme dryness is the most common suspect
in Siberia, Alaska, Australia, and Brazil. The high temperatures during the summertime
usually only worsens this problem. Windy regions are also especially susceptible
to wildfires’ destructive force. That’s because wind works as the ideal spreader
for fire. The harder it blows, the faster the fire will
travel. Every year, around 5 million acres are destroyed
by wildfires in the US alone. One of the reasons wildfires spread so easily
is that the fire itself dries out the area around it. Dryness, in turn, helps the fire expand. Vegetation ignites quicker when in direct
contact with fire under these circumstances. Number 3: Camp Fire, 2018
“Camp Fire” is the name given to the 2018 wildfires affecting California. It’s considered to have been the deadliest
in the state’s history and the costliest natural disaster in the world during that
particular year. This tragedy was named after the place where
the first fires originated, at Camp Creek Road, on November the 8th, 2018. It started due to a malfunctioning electric
transmission line. Though it only lasted 17 days, it was incredibly
destructive and left a trail of death and mayhem in its wake. The wildfires lead to the death of 90 people,
including five firefighters. It’s considered the deadliest wildfire incident
in the country since 1918. By the time the fire was finally extinguished,
it had affected over 153,336 acres and destroyed 18,804 buildings. Two entire towns were utterly wrecked, leaving
hundreds of people without homes. Both Paradise and Concow had merely 5% of
intact buildings in the whole village. Evacuations were messy and disorganized. Many senior citizens were actually aided by
neighbors and passersby. In some cases, people had to leap into the
reservoir in order to avoid the flames. Unfortunately, many locals had a hard time
recovering from the damages left behind by the wildfires. By May 2019, more than 1,000 families were
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and reach out to us there. How Will It Kill You? Fire, especially on a large scale, can have
devastating effects on human beings. Not only can they be hurt, maimed, and killed
by the blaze itself, but the smoke can affect people’s health, sometimes lethally. Wildfires also destroy buildings, farmland,
and equipment, putting people in the area at risk. Certain groups are intrinsically more at-risk
than the general public. Firefighters, who constantly expose themselves
to these extreme conditions, are the most obvious example. Firefighters endure high levels of carbon
monoxide, respiratory irritants, and intrinsic physical harm risk. Residents of areas with high-risk of wildfires
also suffer severe consequences. They might lose their possessions and be forced
out of their houses to seek refuge. The overall damage to their health can last
far longer than the actual fires. Chemical residues may linger on the soil and
in the water for months and years, exposing residents to harmful substances. Within this group, the most vulnerable segments
of the population are small children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Wildfires may cause long-lasting effects on
the general population, such as the proliferation of asthma and other chronic diseases. In the short run, even if not affected directly
by the fire, carbon monoxide inhalation can cause severe neurological damage and potentially
lead to death. Carbon monoxide is entirely odorless and can’t
be noticed in its natural state. Gas companies add a particular smell to it
in order to alert people of its presence. When a fire breaks off, though, there are
no such warnings signs. This gas reduces the oxygen levels in the
human body. Initial symptoms include nausea, dizziness,
and confusion. Higher concentrations can easily lead to death. Number 2: Wildfires in British Columbia
During 2018, more than 2,090 wildfires were reported all around the British Columbia area,
in Canada. It’s believed that the fires started in
Comstock Lake on, June the 21st. The incident had begun with lighting, but
by July the 6th, first responders were unable to keep the fire from growing. 200 firefighters were deployed in order to
try and put a stop to it. The smoke caused by the wildfires became so
bad that it covered most of the territory. It led to the cancellation of several flights
and profoundly affected tourism. It kept on spreading into the rest of Canada. It got so bad that, in certain cities, by
9 AM the sky was so dark that it seemed like it was the middle of the night. Months later, the smoke managed to reach Ireland. By November the 9th, more than 3,339,170 acres
had been burned down. This was the date that the disaster finally
came to an end after 5 months of constant efforts to resolve the escalating situation. It’s considered to be the largest burn-area
in British Columbia, leaving behind immeasurable damage. After the natural disaster was overcome, locals
still had to deal with the aftermath. Farmers described their lands as being covered
with thick ash. It was so bad that their livestock had a hard
time pasturing and many had to secure new feeding lands to keep their animals from starving
to death. How to Survive? A simple way of preventing wildfires is by
quite literally fighting fire with fire. It’s a technique called controlled burning. This should only be done by professionals
or with the utmost care, as it can worsen the situation otherwise. It involves setting small fires in order to
remove any potentially flammable material through which the wildfire may spread. Man-made barriers also act as a good deterrent,
as it keeps fire from traveling to new territories. Roads are the most common examples of this
practice. Prevention programs are fundamental towards
making people comprehend the dangers of wildfire. It’s critical to educate the general public
as to what misconducts may lead to irreparable damage. This includes throwing lit cigarettes to the
ground on a wooded area and not adequately extinguishing campsite bonfires. Fast detection is also an important factor
in putting a stop to the wildfire before it grows out of control. This is the reason why there are several lookout
towers, regular patrols, and public hotlines to let authorities know of the risk as soon
as possible. When facing a wildfire, it’s essential to
listen to the warning of local authorities. Locals should also shut off their gas supply
and make sure the roofs and lawns are wet before leaving. For people who live in areas that commonly
experience this natural disaster, it’s a wise idea to have an evacuation kit prepared
beforehand. These kits should include, at the bare minimum,
non-perishable food and three gallons of water for three days. Other items to include are a map with two
potential evacuation paths, necessary medication, clean clothes, first-aid kit, flashlight,
sanitation supplies as well as important documents. Number 1: Wildfires in Greece
The wildfires affecting Attica in Greece, back in 2018, lasted merely 3 days but left
behind terrible destruction. During a particularly intense heatwave in
Europe, wildfires began being reported in the region of Attica. The first incident occurred on July on the
23rd, and the wildfires were extinguished by the 26th. During these three days, 102 people died,
and several went missing. It’s considered the second deadliest wildfire
of the 21st century. Among the victims, there were 11 children,
the youngest of whom was merely 6 months old. More than 700 people were evacuated. Tragically, as first responders scouted the
area of Rafina, 26 corpses were discovered only a few feet away from the sea. The deceased appeared to be hugging each other
as they were presumably trapped by the flames. In the end, more than 4,000 residents were
affected by the wildfires. More than 1,000 buildings were destroyed and
burned to the ground. It’s been theorized that a 65-year-old local
man had initiated the wildfire. He was burning wood in his garden, and it
apparently got out of control. The elderly man was subsequently arrested
and charged with manslaughter. A different theory supports the fact that
a damaged utility pole might have been the fire’s point of origin. Once it began, buildings crammed together,
against regulation, in certain areas of the city helped the fire spread faster. Thanks for watching! Would you rather be stuck in a burning building
or lost in the middle of the sea? Let us know in the comments section below!

100 thoughts on “When Wildfires Strike

  1. I am Australian and I can say that it was absolute chaos and fear during the fires as you never knew when your home could be next

  2. Please make a video about today's so-called feminists who frame absolutely innocent & sweet men/boys under absolutely fake cases of sexual molestation, sexual harassment, dowry, rape or stalking!!! They randomly, falsely accuse men & play victim cards just & only for their personal profit or to take revenge from them!!! Please expose them!!! Please!!! It's mine humblest plead!!!

  3. I think you should have added the 2006 Texas panhandle fire. For those too young to remember, find Amarillo and I-40. It was north of the interstate and northeast from Amarillo. My parents, wife and I were in the middle of it saving my grandparent's house. They got evacuated and our original plan was to visit them. But when my wife and I were on our way, a town we had to go by was getting evacuated so we couldn't get by. I called my mom up and told her what was going on and told her we're going to get gas and go another way to get to my grandparent's house to get some irreplaceable pictures and some clothes. It's about a 30mile drive to their place. I drove about 20 miles before I couldn't see the road. The smoke was that thick. Drove by muscle memory the rest of the way. We got there and ran into their house to get the things and when we got outside, my parents showed up. My dad said what the hell are you doing, get the hell out of here. So we left and drove about 10 miles before my mom called me. She said go home and call your brothers up and tell them not to come out. Dad is trying to put out the fire around my grandparent's house. So, I called up one of my brothers and told him not to come out, dad is trying to put out the fire and we're going back to help. Took us 6hrs to save the house. We was digging up sand from a garden to put on the fire, our only water source was a windmill 1/4 mile away. All we had was a few ice chest and 5 gallon buckets we was filling up and driving back down to the house. None of us had any protection and none of us got hospitalized. I was sneezing soot out for the following week. My wife did twist her ankle, but it wasn't too serious. And my parents were ok as well. It was definitely something I won't ever forget

  4. When Corona-Chan strikes. She will kill you. Get prepping sheeple. At least go buy toilet paper and bleach, stuff you are going to use anyway.

  5. The only thing that isn't total fucking shit in Brazil is the Amazon, so of course its citizens decided it's time to burn that whole thing down too.

  6. Thank you for doing my video!!! I live in Fresno CA and we would actually have ashes from the Wildfires land on the city…

  7. Wildfires in Australia were intentionally set by leftist "Climate Crisis" believers did so after weeks of protesting to increase taxes so the government could save them from carbon dioxide while China, Africa and South America refuse to limit their pollution.

  8. I keep having to re-subscribe to this channel almost everyday for months, I feel like Youtube is trying to get me to strictly watch genres of videos that I don't have much interest in. Unless youtube has made a limit on how many channels someone can be subbed to :L

  9. There's a reason I hate summers in California. Every year I have a "bug-out-bag" ready. It has documents, photos, chargers, medications, food, water and clothing inside it in case a fire breaks out in my area. Hundreds of fires in California USA burn every year. US Forest Service and CalFire do control burns and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) company does public safety power shutoffs which help. Is your home wild fire ready?

  10. CAN you do a topic of different SUICIDE in the whole world and specially JAPAN SUICIDE FOREST? pls #theywillkillyou

  11. In Australia alot of our vegetation releases its seeds in bushfires and extreme heat. Our plants are highly combustable meaning on a hot day our bushlands can essentially burst into flames.

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  13. The hospital I was born in and my aunts house burned down in Paradise. Guess that what happens when you allow corporations like PG&E to run rampant with no oversight. Maybe now they will actually vote and become politically active.

  14. Everything went wrong in Attica wildfire.
    Especially in Rafina/Mati. Not only were the building close to each other, trees planted randomly everywhere for everyone's own privacy, trees that later were categorized as illegal to cut in order to prevent natural habitat, an old law that passed without taking fire risks into consideration, only two exits available in and out of the area, narrow roads trapping vehicles in traffic during the hysteria, people drowning in the sea after hours of swimming cause they couldn't stand near the shore due to extreme temperatures and worst of all many vehicles that evacuated early enough were wrongly redirected by authorities back to the disaster zone due to bad calculation of the fire's route…
    Also, on the same there were more than one wildfire surrounding Attica from arsonists, so firefighters were split and unable to control such disaster.

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