Meet Forrest Clark, the California man authorities say set the Holy Fire near Los Angeles that has burned more than 18,000 acres, and counting:

But climate change, or something:

And you might not be aware of this, but the latest study on the matter found that “84% of wildfires are caused by humans. From Smithsonian Mag:

Hey, maybe we should focus on this aspect of fires and not CO2 emissions?

According to a press release, researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Earth Lab took a deep dive into the U.S. Forest Service’s Fire Program Analysis-Fire Occurrence Database, analyzing all wildfires recorded between 1992 and 2012. The researchers found that humans caused more than 1.2 million of the 1.5 million blazes in the database.

America can certainly do better:

Rice reports that debris burning starts the most human-caused fires, at 29 percent, with arson the cause of 21 percent of fires. Equipment use causes 11 percent of fires, while campfires and children playing with fireworks or matches each cause 5 percent of fires. The Fourth of July, predictably, is the biggest day for wildfires, with 7,762 fires ignited on that date over the 21-year study period.

Crews are busy now trying to extinguish the blaze which is threatening homes on the outskirts of the town of Lake Elsinore:

Prayers up to all the firefighters keeping people safe:

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