Huh? Forest Service Chief Blames Increased Wildfires on Human Caused Climate Change

America’s wildfire season lasts two months longer than it did 40 years ago and burns up twice as much land as it did in those earlier days because of the hotter, drier conditions produced by climate change, the country’s forest service chief told Congress on Tuesday.

“Hotter, drier, a longer fire season, and lot more homes that we have to deal with,” Tidwell told the Guardian following his appearance. “We are going to continue to have large wildfires.” …Climate change was a key driver of those bigger, more explosive fires. Earlier snow-melt, higher temperatures and drought created optimum fire conditions. …“This is a product of having a longer fire season, and having hotter, drier conditions so that the fuels dry out faster. So when we get a start that escapes initial attack, these fires become explosive in that they become so large so fast that it really limits our ability to do anything.” … U.S. Forest Service chief Thomas Tidwell (HotAir.com)

What is it about the PC culture of D.C. that turns administrators into parots? I don’t know if Tidwell is  just gunning for a bigger slice of the budget pie or if he is trying to get a ticket to the better capitol parties but he is wrong.

“Global Warming” has actually stopped or at least paused since 1998 which debunks Mr Tidwell’s assertion.  Historical wildland fire charts dispel much of what Mr Tidwell clams as well.

Total Wildland Fires and Acres (1960-2009)
Figures prior to 1983 may be revised as NICC verifies historical data.
Year Fires Acres
2012 67,774 9,326,238
2011 74,126 8,711,367
2010 71,971 3,422,724
2009 78,792 5,921,786
2008 78,979 5,292,468
2007 85,705 9,328,045
2006 96,385 9,873,745
2005 66,753 8,689,389
2004 65,461 *8,097,880
2003 63,629 3,960,842
2002 73,457 7,184,712
2001 84,079 3,570,911
2000 92,250 7,393,493
1999 92,487 5,626,093
1998 81,043 1,329,704
1997 66,196 2,856,959
1996 96,363 6,065,998
1995 82,234 1,840,546
1994 79,107 4,073,579
1993 58,810 1,797,574
1992 87,394 2,069,929
1991 75,754 2,953,578
1990 66,481 4,621,621
1989 48,949 1,827,310
1988 72,750 5,009,290
1987 71,300 2,447,296
1986 85,907 2,719,162
1985 82,591 2,896,147
1984 20,493 1,148,409
1983 18,229 1,323,666
1982 174,755 2,382,036
1981 249,370 4,814,206
1980 234,892 5,260,825
1979 163,196 2,986,826
1978 218,842 3,910,913
1977 173,998 3,152,644
1976 241,699 5,109,926
1975 134,872 1,791,327
1974 145,868 2,879,095
1973 117,957 1,915,273
1972 124,554 2,641,166
1971 108,398 4,278,472
1970 121,736 3,278,565
1969 113,351 6,689,081
1968 125,371 4,231,996
1967 125,025 4,658,586
1966 122,500 4,574,389
1965 113,684 2,652,112
1964 116,358 4,197,309
1963 164,183 7,120,768
1962 115,345 4,078,894
1961 98,517 3,036,219
1960 103,387 4,478,188

 In 1963 7 million acres burned from a total of 164,000 fires. 1969, almost 7 million acres burned from 113,000 reported fires.  – In 2002 7 million acres burned from 13,000 fires.

Drought plagued most of the western states, midwest and south between 2002 and 2012 which led to the burned acreage totals in recent years. Years where it is documented to be in an era of global cooling.

The works of Serbian astrophysicist Milutin Milankovitch lead to an accepted theory that …orbital variations remain the most thoroughly examined mechanism of climatic change on time scales of tens of thousands of years and are by far the clearest case of a direct effect of changing insolation on the lower atmosphere of Earth.

UPDATE: New York Times on the halt in Global Warming!