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.
|Total Wildland Fires and Acres (1960-2009)|
|Figures prior to 1983 may be revised as NICC verifies historical data.|
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.