The poor firefighter's efforts appear to be totally futile in this picture.
Yes. Obviously too little too late. A video of the Waldo canyon fire said it was a crown fire, with the flames leaping across tree tops far above the area firefighters could reach. So they are reduced to clearing areas ahead of flames or using the few aircraft. He might be trying to keep the next house out of sight to the right from catching fire by wetting the landscape between them.
Yes, last year I talked about the wildfires here in Texas. They seemed to go on forever too.
Many lost their homes.
Today the Waldo Canyon Fire is 98% contained according to the Google wildfire map. Many other fires rage, of course.
Did you know that many firefighters risking their health to fight wildfires in the US do so without health insurance?
...But many federal firefighters are temporary employees, who only work six months out of the year. [...] Under federal regulations, temporary employees of the Forest Service do not receive benefits. That means no health care...
LOL That was fast!
Michael Kodas from OnEarth magazine, puts the change in US wildfires in perspective
In the 1960s, an average of 460 fires each year in Colorado burned about 8,000 acres annually, according to state forest service records. In the past decade that average jumped to about 2,500 fires a year, burning nearly 100,000 acres. Those trends are reflected nationwide.
He's writing a book about the rise of megafires worldwide.
This map shows the major US wildfires from 2001 through July 9, 2012.
Click on the map icon to enlarge it.
The data, provided by two NASA satellites, were "about two mouse clicks away," said John Nelson, the map's maker [....]
Nelson said he's looking forward to hearing what people have to say about the map, which, he says, is simply a more aesthetically pleasing way of presenting data that are already out there.
"If something is appealing it will land in front of more eyeballs," he said. "And if you've got people looking at a pretty important topic, when maybe they wouldn't have been looking at it or thinking about it, then that's a good thing."
It would also have been interesting to see the fires in adjoining regions of Canada and Mexico as well. National borders aren't magically impervious!