It’s no secret. The American west is burning. There are currently 108 large fires burning across 15 states according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Cities like Salt Lake City and Denver are being inundated with smoke and are reporting some of the worst air quality on the entire planet.

2021 will be remembered for many things, but perhaps this year’s fire season will be one of the most painful memories for those that live in the west.

One of the 108 active wildfires is the South Yaak fire that’s burning thousands of acres near Troy, Montana. A recent report claims that the fire has already burned more than 10,000 acres.

8/7/2021 South Yaak Fire Progression Map
South Yaak Fire Progression Map (8/7/21)

Somebody set up a time-lapse camera to capture the fire burning on Yaak Mountain back on July 26th, and the footage is incredibly sobering.

Watching a fire decimate an entire mountain in a time-lapse is incredibly sad, and a stark representation of the severity of the wildfires this year. Here’s to hoping our politicians and leaders start to actually do something to combat climate change effectively, and consequently decrease the severity and number of wildfires that ravage the American west.

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