It’s wildfire season out West. Time to be in awe of the destructive power of Nature.
According to active fire maps by the USDA Forest Service, over 300 fires are now burning across a total of 1.5 million acres—including 35 large, uncontained blazes.
Shifting winds, humidity, and terrain can quickly alter a fire's intensity. In extreme conditions, flames can reach over 150 feet, with temperatures exceeding 2000° F.
This ferocious power is matched by only one thing: The incredible strength, courage, and skills of smokejumpers who parachute into remote areas to combat the deadly blazes.