Wildfire season in the West is set to collide with coronavirus. Here’s why it matters.
Coronavirus and the West’s wildfire season are on a collision course, with the virus on an upswing in several western states that are starting to see increased fire activity, especially those at heightened fire risk during July.
This year’s wildfire season will present unprecedented challenges for firefighters, emergency managers and the public, particularly when it comes to evacuations. Fire-related evacuations, for instance, can be hasty when compared to a hurricane, whose track forecast is usually known a few days in advance.