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Maui wildfires: What are the deadliest fires in U.S. history?

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The Maui wildfires, ignited by high winds, have tragically claimed the lives of at least 93 individuals, marking a somber milestone as the deadliest wildfire event in the United States in over a century.

The death toll is expected to rise as recovery teams, accompanied by cadaver dogs, meticulously sift through the charred remains of Lahaina, a historic resort city.

The conflagration, which ignited on Tuesday night, continues to baffle experts in terms of its origins, leaving Hawaii Governor Josh Green to describe the devastated area as a “war zone.” As the affected region remains in shock, a grim parallel emerges with the Peshtigo fire of 1871. This Wisconsin blaze, which engulfed the town of Peshtigo, resulted in a staggering death toll of 1,152 – a haunting record that stands to this day.

Closer in history, the Maui wildfire has surpassed the destructive force of the Cloquet Fire in October 1918, known for sparking devastation across northern Minnesota. This deadly event, fueled by railroad sparks, led to the loss of 453 lives.

The striking recurrence of such catastrophic fires has raised concerns over the vulnerability of US homes to wildfire threats. According to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), nearly half of the country’s land area comprises forests, shrublands, and grasslands. Approximately 45 million American homes are situated near or adjacent to these at-risk areas. The National Interagency Fire Center estimates a staggering 71.8 million properties are exposed to some level of wildfire danger.

Increasingly hot and arid conditions foster the rapid spread, prolonged burning, and heightened intensity of wildfires. Since the 1980s, the ten years with the most extensive wildfire damage all coincided with the warmest years on record.

Peak wildfire season

The United States is witnessing a shifting wildfire landscape, with an earlier peak wildfire season and alarmingly escalating fire counts. In 2022 alone, the nation experienced 66,255 wildfires, dwarfing the 18,229 recorded in 1983. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) emphasizes the crucial role of climate change in escalating fire risks.

As the nation mourns the lives lost in the Maui wildfires, questions loom about the course of action that must be taken. Solutions involving controlled burns and strategic forest management have gained traction as ways to mitigate the impacts of these infernos. But what remains certain is that climate change must be tackled head-on to quell the devastating trend of increasingly deadly wildfires.

*Reporting by Ryder Hayes; Editing by Lisa Shumaker*

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Harris secures strong Democratic support for White House run despite challenges

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Kamala Harris delivered a pointed speech targeting former President Donald Trump, emphasising a hopeful vision for the future under her leadership.

Harris criticised Trump’s policies and leadership style, asserting her commitment to a brighter future for the country.

Harris highlighted economic recovery, healthcare reforms, and social justice as key priorities for her administration, contrasting them with Trump’s tenure. #featured #trending #ticker news

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Vice President Kamala Harris prepares to enter 2024 U.S. presidential race

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Vice President Kamala Harris has confirmed her 2024 presidential bid.

Following President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the race, Vice President Kamala Harris has confirmed her 2024 presidential bid.

Harris’s announcement marks a historic moment, as she seeks to become the first female president of the United States.

The news has sent ripples through both the Democratic Party and the broader political landscape as the 2024 election swiftly approaches.

Oz Sultan, the Chief Strategist with the Sultan Interactive Group joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

#IN AMERICA TODAY #trending #election #2024election #JoeBiden #KamalaHarris

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U.S. Secret Service Director admits security failure, faces rising resignation demands

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House Republicans and Democrats have jointly called for the resignation of the U.S. Secret Service Director following the mishandling of recent security incident involving the attempted assassination of Former President Trump.

The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee’s Republican chair, James Comer, and top Democrat, Jamie Raskin both called on Secret Service Director Cheatle to step down.

The demands for Cheatle’s resignation comes after the Secret Service’s response to a recent attempted assassination on former President Donald Trump.

Former Secret Service agent Tim Miller joins Ticker’s Ahron Young to discuss the issue. #featured #trending

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