Some of the largest wildfires ever recorded are raging across the west, while dangerous smoke has reached as far as Europe and turned the skies orange. Climate change has brought record-breaking heat waves and drought, leaving dried out vegetation easily sparked by lightning, and by people.
From downed power lines to cars backfiring and gender-reveal parties gone wrong, nearly 85% of wildland fires in the U.S. are caused by humans. So what are the ways we’re trying to get them under control? From better fire mapping on Google to new ways of attacking from both land and air, here are the ways the U.S. fights wildfires, and how innovation needs a major boost if it will ever catch up with the rapid rate at which the west is burning.
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