Something’s amiss here.
Since the beginning of July, more than 1 million acres of national forest land has been burned in Idaho and Montana. Whole communities have been evacuated. On any given night, 1000 Montanans are sleeping somewhere other than home as firefighters try to prevent more damage.
5% of Idaho’s public lands have burned this year alone.
Last night homes were burned IN the Missoula valley.
This is worse than it’s ever been. 1000 hour fuels (the big stuff) is drier than kiln-dried lumber – the stuff you buy at the lumber yard.
Mann Gulch, where 13 firefighters were killed in 1949, burned again this year.
And the media isn’t touching it, save local papers. Instead we hear about the poor trapped miners, the economy, and the NBA referee.
This is an environmental disaster, driven by climate change and driving a whole shift in ecosystems…and nobody wants to say it.
Scream it from the rooftops. the west is afire. people are dying. people are sleeping in gyms. the west as we know it is gone this year.