Every year between August & November western areas of The US & Canada brings the risk of wildfires.

This year too the season has started with fires in several states & provinces where dozens of fires are burning across North America.

Being highly destructive these fires can damage crops, soil, harm livestock, and also create a high-risk environment for agriculture workers.

These fires not only affect habitat and life but hampers the flow of agriculture as well. Even in the areas of Oregon wildfires have added new challenges for farmers on the top of the pandemic. As far as grape and wine farms are concerned if these are not destroyed by the fires the grapes certainly lose its quality because of the excessive smoke as these pollutants from wildfires impacts hundreds of kilometers of areas of vegetation.

As in August, these wildfires burned more than two million acres mostly in western states where a thousand firefighters from the USDA forest service were battling it across nations.

These fires are complicating the apple harvest in the west coast areas comprising Washington and Okanagan where Washington apple crops are expected to be 10% smaller than the original estimate of 134 million 40-pound boxes.

Much of this damage can be minimized if few precautions are taken in farms such as installing smoke detectors in the barns, placing fire extinguishers in barns & tractors, storing fuels, pesticides, and other chemicals in fire-free areas.

Thus, there are various benefits too that small wildfires bring in as far as agriculture is concerned such as making the land fertile, forcing seeds that require higher temperatures for germination to germinate, cleanses the agricultural areas from unnecessary weeds but these yearly wildfires that happen around the world that lasts for weeks and even months are the product of climate change and is doing no good to agriculture and environment as a whole.

Effects of Wildfire in Agriculture