By now, you probably know that the San Bernardino County, California, and Los Angeles, California wildfires have scorched over a million acres of California’s Golden State, scorching an estimated 15,000 structures and killing more than 40 people.
Now, it seems that the flames may be reaching the rest of the country as well, and some are starting to speculate that they may be spreading further west.
In an article for the Associated Press, a local television station in New Jersey is reporting that at least two fires in Texas and Missouri have burned a total of roughly 8,000 acres, and another is burning more than 1,000 more acres in the mountains of Kansas.
In addition, an arsonist in Illinois has been charged with arson for the burning of a barn in southern Illinois.
According to the report, the suspect in the arson in Southfield, Illinois, was “dismantling and burning a barn.”
According to ABC News, authorities have not yet determined a motive for the fires, but said that a number of factors are being investigated.
Some people have speculated that the fires may be connected to a growing trend of home fires in California, with recent high temperatures leading to a higher incidence of these fires.
A lot of these are occurring in areas where temperatures are expected to be higher, and there is a lot of evidence that they can be fueled by climate change.
It has also been suggested that the rising temperatures may be contributing to the growth of some of these large wildfires, with some people blaming it on increased CO2 levels.
One theory has also speculated that this trend of rising temperatures could also be contributing in some cases to the increase in wildfires.
According the Los Angeles Times, the Los Altos hills and the mountains in Northern California have been experiencing extreme weather events and high winds in recent months, and that the increase of high winds and dry air could be leading to more fires in those areas.
According a 2016 study by the U.S. National Science Foundation, wildfires have grown in the United States since 1990, but the number of fires increased by an average of 30 percent from 1990 to 2016.
According, the number and intensity of wildfires have been increasing in many areas in the country, including California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska.
The AP notes that a large wildfire in South Dakota burned for days before officials closed off a stretch of highway in an attempt to contain the flames.
While the exact number of acres burned by the fires in each state is still unclear, many have speculated about the potential for the region to see a lot more fires.