Over 200 Tennessee residents needed medical assistance due to breathing difficulties after a wildfire had devastated the Southeast forests. Officials from the United States Forest Service announced that more than thirty massive fires scorched over 80,000 acres in Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
According to Dave Martin, an official from the Southern Region of the US Forest Service, every wildfire is caused by high winds, drought, and dry weather, although there are other environmental factors too.
Also, these fires can spread very quickly across various regions having a devastating effect on the ecosystem. Public health officials said that 250 Chattanooga residents were hospitalized with serious respiratory issues.
Furthermore, many of them are still suffering due to the poor air quality and heavy smoke. Although emergency workers did their best to contain 67 wildfires which burned roughly 16,000 acres, more than 15 other fires were recorded on Tuesday.
Specialists explain that the smoke caused by a wildfire can be carried many miles away reaching other cities, not just the surroundings. In other words, many other local communities were affected by these unusual weather events.
For instance, even if there were no wildfires in Atlanta, the experts established that the level of the air quality was ‘unhealthy.’ It means that many other people might start experiencing health effects, especially those with weak immune systems, seniors, children, and asthma patients.
Northern Georgia received the most devastating blow as it was hit by the Rough Ridge Fire, which scientists believe that it is the biggest one recorded this year in Georgia. This wildfire has already scorched 21,533 acres, although it was 20 percent contained by emergency workers.
As a measure of precaution, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal decided on Monday to ban fireworks in every county affected by drought, due to the elevated risk of another wildfire. Unfortunately, the weather forecast says that it won’t rain at all for the next several days.
To protect its residents, Haywood County and Greenville County will limit the outdoor physical activity for students, especially those with respiratory issues and athletes. Authorities, state officials, and emergency workers will double their efforts to contain every wildfire and provide residents with medical assistance.
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