The devastating wildfires currently raging through Canada are causing widespread damage and affecting millions of people across the US East Coast.
The wildfire smoke from Canada has caused significant impact across the US, with over 100 million people living in areas where air quality alerts have been issued. The haze has even led to the postponement of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox due to poor air quality in The Bronx.
Some experts estimate that breathing in the smoke for 24 hours is equivalent to smoking 22 cigarettes, highlighting the severity of the situation. Several states have been affected by the smoke, causing disruptions and concerns about public health.
Check out this almost unbelievable time-lapse of wildfire smoke consuming the World Trade Center and the New York City skyline.
Those vulnerable to poor air quality, including seniors and young children, should limit time outdoors if possible.
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) June 7, 2023
Many are blaming environmentalists for their opposition to sound forest management practices, which have led to poor management and increased the risk of fires.
According to critics, the overgrowth of forests is a direct result of misguided environmentalism, which has prevented proper forest management practices. Fire suppression measures have also contributed to the accumulation of deadfall, exacerbating the situation and making it worse.
You can smell the smoke from wildfires burning in Quebec all the way in Windsor. Here’s a hazy look at the Detroit skyline. pic.twitter.com/cu9W4zN3hc
— Travis Fortnum (@travisfortnum) June 6, 2023
High-intensity wildfires can be mitigated with PROACTIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT. People need to ask, are policies inhibiting this in Canada? What measures are in effect?
Here at home, your administration is slow to act and you conveniently use climate boogeyman. https://t.co/6AQLdFo6pX
— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) June 7, 2023
Proactive forest management is seen as a practical solution to mitigate the risk of high-intensity wildfires, but critics emphasize that controlled burns require careful planning and execution to be effective. Forest management practices are essential to prevent future disasters like the current wildfires and safeguard our natural resources.