Wildfires are raging out west. As of this week, there are approximately 28 wildfires burning across California, destroying 3.3 million acres. In Oregon, 36 active fires have burned more than 1 million acres. And in Washington State, there have been a reported 1,458 fires that have burned over 800,000 acres of land. In addition to Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, the wildfires have killed approximately three dozen people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.
Where is this all coming from? Depends on who you ask. If you were to ask California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the cause for all the fires is climate change straight up. If you were to ask President Trump, he’d put the onus on forest mismanagement. Who’s right in this debate?
My guest today is Gabriella Hoffman, she’s host of the podcast, “District of Conservation,” and an award-winning outdoor writer whose columns you can find in TownHall.com.
On today’s show, we’re going to discuss how conditions on the ground have made these wildfires so intense, what’s causing all of it, and how people on opposite sides of the spectrum can unite to address our many environmental problems.
“Hashing it Out” is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner’s commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then “Hashing it Out” is the podcast for you.