Each evening I watch the local news now as they spend 5 to 10 minutes at the start talking about all the fires. Another story that was in the national news recently was locuts here. The drought has brought a LOT of them, mostly in eastern Montana.
Yesterday's news had a sad story of a new fire spreading a lot and people were seeing flames shooting out in all directions. Seems the locusts where ignating and then trying to get away they jump/fly out of the flames. Since they are now ablze they simply leaped a few feet to many yards out of the main fire, as a small shooting slame and would ignite the grass ahead of the fire. It caused the fire to grow rapidly to over 50,000 acres (if I remember right). Poor grasshoppers.
David and the CoolCyberCats
I remember a farmer telling me the grasshoppers were worse when there was a drought, apparently because they had to eat more plant to make up the water. I sure never thought about them waiting till they caught on fire to jump out of the way. I'm glad none of that's a problem down here. John