In the wake of COVID-19, firefighters prepare for what looks like a tiring summer

Not only do firefighters have to fight the coronavirus, but nationwide fires as well.


Campbell Goter

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As of early April, there have been over 645 documented wildfires across the country. Since April 10th, there have been 10 recent, vast wildfires in the United States. 

But the oncoming snow in areas like Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska has really cooled things down. 

Since the beginning of the year, and now, the average temperatures in the United States have been between 32 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Because the US has had unusual and increased temperatures in the month of April, this resulted in the US having an increased quantity of fires. 

While scientists are hard at work gathering research on why these fires are growing, firefighters are risking their lives to control the flames. 

A full-time firefighter works on average 56 hours a week. Though because of the recent snowstorm, they have some time off in some states.  (Source?)

When the firefighters are doing their job, the smoke from the fire causes it to be difficult to breathe which puts them in considerable risk from COVID-19. 

They work around the clock, dealing with social distancing, the smoke from the fires, and working through this pandemic. 

The world has taken on many natural events but the people are nevertheless, able to push through, helping everyone they can.

For more information and updates on the situation, visit the National Interagency Fire Center.