When Conspiracies Spread Like Wildfire

In the midst of continuous news coverage, heartfelt posts, and heroic stories from the devastating wildfires in California, I saw something truly heinous:

An Instagram story alleging that the military started the fires with directed energy weapons.

California is having a hard enough time already with many thousands of people displaced, record destruction of homes and communities, and most tragically — loss of human lives. But it always seems conspiracy theorists are lined up to take advantage at just the very worst moments. We saw it with…