When you ask why so much info on this site about fires Here are some stats
The Number of Fires until August 17 2015 1,649, 10 year average 1,334
Hectares Burnt until August 17th 2015 292,545 10 year average 86.454
As this is being written amateur radio operators are deployed and providing communications where needed.
There is no doubt that fire fighters and those involved in fighting the fires deserve our thanks, but there are also a huge number of volunteers behind the scenes that are working hard. So to EVERYONE here is a huge THANK YOU
UPDATED AUGUST 19TH 1800 HRS
The danger of this work has just been demonstrated with the loss of fire fighters in Washington state