Wild Fires

Our international students have certainly heard of the wild fires have been in the news all over the world. Fortunately, American lawmakers are doing their part to help fund firefighting budgets in America. Firefighters who often help out across national borders as well even some of the counties where Hancock International College ESL students come from. Check out the following article from the Goodnewsnetwork.org.

Goodnewsnetwork.org says, “Last month was the hottest July on record, and social media feeds have been awash with images and videos of devastating global wildfires, such as the one shrouding much of Russia. ‘More than 21,000 square miles of forest have gone up in flames in Siberia this month, putting Russia on track for its worst year on record for wildfires,’ reported Vox last week. Thankfully, the recently-approved 2020 fiscal budget for the United States is set to increase funding for the National Forest Service by six times, including more than $3 billion specifically set aside for firefighting initiatives—and in order to prevent the scope of American wildfires from reaching the levels they did last year, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt is taking advantage of the new budget by preparing America’s forests, particularly in the West, for fire season.

In 2018, $2.6 billion dollars—much of it pulled from non-fire related sources—was spent on fighting fires that scorched 8.8 million acres of National Forests. Under the recently-approved Congressional budget, funding for firefighting activities has risen to $3.3 billion dollars, and the budget also reauthorized money to cover deferred maintenance projects on America’s public lands and parks. […]

Legislators in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Utah are working on a large-scale collaboration to add 11,000 miles worth of bare stretches known as ‘fuel breaks’. Similar to tank traps in World War II, fuel breaks are swaths of strategically designated landscape that have been cleared to prevent fires from spreading. In order to allow for greater mobility and fire suppression, firefighting teams across these states will also have access to dozens more planes and helicopters. […]

Fortunately for Americans, a cool, wet spring has led planners to believe this season will not come close to the challenges experienced in 2018.

The Department of the Interior is taking the threat of fires as seriously as ever before, and Sec. Bernhardt, who took over the position in the President Trump Administration in April, has tackled few Interior issues in his short tenure as determinedly as this season’s wildfires.”

Check out the full article with the URL below!

Full Article: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/as-wildfires-increase-across-the-globe-u-s-firefighters-will-be-prepared-thanks-to-3-billion-in-funding/

Idiom of the Day

Playing with fire

Meaning: To do something that could easily cause you problems.

Example: He was playing with fire for too long and his lies caught up with him.