An old gospel lyric goes like this: ?God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water?the fire next time.? These days, it seems as if that time has come.
Firefighters say they?ll have to fight the wildfire in Colorado for the rest of the summer. Now Arizona is burning as well. “This is a monster,” says U.S. Forest Service fire information officer said Jim Paxon.
“We’re at the mercy of Mother Nature right now,? says fire commander Larry Humphrey. ?There’s not a whole lot we can do with it.”
Arizona fires are burning in part of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, as well as heading for the Phoenix suburbs. City planners have been trying to get people out of the suburbs and back downtown for decades. Congested highways and rising gas prices didn?t do it, but maybe wildfires will, at least in the West.
“It’s just a waiting game,” says Bob Jackson, who fled his home with his wife. “All you can do is say a prayer.”
There are now 19 major fires burning across the U.S., according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. To track the current wildfires,click here.
Is the kind of drought that leads to wildfires part of a natural cycle, caused by global warming?or both? To find out, read ?The Coming Global Superstorm,? now only $9.95 for a hardcover signed by Whitley Strieber, click here.
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