US firefighter debunks conspiracy theorist’s claims about US bushfires on TikTok

18 September 2020

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USA – A firefighter in the US has debunked a string of claims made by a conspiracy theorist on TikTok.

The firefighter, who goes by the name Michael, with the username ‘wildlandmike’ on the social media platform, uploaded a video in response to the woman’s claims.

As seen in the video above, Michael uses a copy of the woman’s now-deleted video.

“There are a lot of fires going on right now in our country, but was it planned?” the conspiracy theorist asks in her video, to which Michael simply says “no”.

“Here’s something that’s so crazy that it might be true,” the woman continues.

“Probably not,” Michael responds bluntly.

The conspiracy theorist then begins pointing to a map showing all the active fires on the US west coast.

“Is it not weird to you guys that the fires know when to stop at the border?” the woman continues.

In response, Michael said: “Cause it’s a US database map. Not going to be reporting Canada fires.”

The woman then begins to show footage of half-burnt trees in an area she claims is about 64km from Grand Canyon National Park.

“But if this was just a regular fire, why were there biohazard signs all over the place?” the woman asked.

Michael’s video has since received more than 240,000 likes and thousands of comments.

The firefighter was praised for responding to and debunking the woman’s claims.

West coast fires

Fires on the US west coast have burned about 1.3 million hectares in California since mid-August and another 650,000 hectares in Oregon and Washington state since September 7.

The fires, which scientists and officials describe as unprecedented in scope and ferocity, roared to life amid lightning storms, a record heat wave and strong winds.

Several small towns have largely been incinerated, with thousands of dwellings destroyed and at least 34 lives lost – 25 in California, eight in Oregon and one in Washington.

– with AAP

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