Chatterbox #216 – Forest fires

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Forest fires have been ravaging the western coast of the United States and Canada for several months now, with devastating consequences. In this Chatterbox episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the terrifying results of these natural disasters and how the fires affect those who live within the burn zones.

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On average, more than 100,000 wildfires clear 4 to 5 million acres of land in the United States each year. However, in recent years, that number has increased to as much as 9 million acres a year due to climate change. A wildfire can move at speeds up to 23 kilometres per hour, destroying everything in its path, such as plants and animals—even entire towns have succumbed to the wrath of these beastly fires.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Thick blanket of [something]
  • Hazy
  • To fill someone in [on someone or something]
  • Shocked
  • To make sense
  • To rely on

Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free

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