Saratoga Springs, New York – August 20, 2095:
Over night and into Saturday morning, firefighters battled three major fires that have merged to form the largest forest fire in New York history. Already, over 568,000 acres (nearly 2,300 square kilometers) have burned, and the towns of Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Wilmington, and several others have been fully evacuated, and a state of emergency has been declared in New York. Satellite and drone images appear to show that all of these towns and villages except for Wilmington have been completely eradicated from the map.
A large portion of one of the East Coast’s last remaining large stands of forest has been turned into kindling already, and if progress is not made in fighting the fire, the size of the destruction could potentially double. High, 104 degree F (40 degree C) weather in the region, along with lighting strikes and high winds are thought to have started the massive fire. Arson is thought to be the cause of the third fire, and police are looking for leads. A century ago, during the early stages of climate change, the highest recorded temperature for August in the area was around 10 degrees F (5.6 degrees C) cooler. However, increasing heatwaves over the years have significantly reduced forest cover on the East Coast and nearly annihilated forests from California and other southwestern states.
As far away as Boston, there is almost zero visibility. Drone swarms carrying water have been sent to the area, and over 500 firefighters are on the ground. If you are in the area and have any further details that may be of help to investigators and firefighters, please Blurt them to us.
Photo: “Forest Fire” by skeeze