FALL RIVER, MA — Wildfires aren’t just breaking records in the western United States.
The chief firefighter in Massachusetts, Dave Celino, said that it’s also happening in the East.
Celino stated that “this year, through June,” nearly 850 wildfires have been started and burned almost 1,600 acres. He was speaking to Celino during a hike in Fall River State Forest.
Celino said that Massachusetts experienced its worst fire in 20-years earlier this year.
New records have also been set when you add all the fires that occurred in the states of Minnesota and Maine. These are places where the fire hazard seems to be low.
According to the Forest Service, more than 107,000 acres were burned in the eastern US.
This is an increase of 2,500 compared to the 10-year average.
Why don’t you learn more about the fires
Celino said, “It is what you perceive to be a catastrophic event.”
Celino said that while the fires in his area aren’t as destructive as those in the West, they don’t cause large-scale destruction.
They aren’t necessarily less dangerous, just because they are small. There are more people living near the forests’ edges.
Celino stated that the Northeast’s fires are those of five- to ten-acre size.
Celino stated that because people live at the edge of wilderness, it is impossible to call five air tanks right away.
“I can’t even get in one air tanker.”