Wildlife is most vulnerable during these disasters. Teams are dispatched to help rescue and relocate as many animals as possible, but there are just not enough resources to save them all.
Teamed together to ensure each others’ safety, firefighters work long hours battling these fires. They are soldiers in the war against Mother Nature and her power. The men and women hiking up steep hillsides armed with a plow and shovel seem fearless as they march into places where most are fleeing. Their goal is to create a barrier from the fire which may be the only chance to save a community.
As the warming climate contributes to more of these wildfires occurring each year, these fires have made me aware of the real power of mother nature. It has shown me the resilience of the communities affected and families who have lost so much. It has shown me what bravery is as I watched firefighters step into the fray and volunteers help escort horses from locked pens that could escape on their own.
These fires are only getting worse. Hopefully imagery such as this will help remind people of the costs of ignoring climate change and being careless with fire.