US Forest Fires Down 50% Over The Last 10 Years

The last 10 years have been the quietest on record for US hurricanes, and the number of forest fires in the US has also dropped in half.

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National Interagency Fire Center

And fires are down 80% over the past eighty years.

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October 9, 1938 – NYTimes

Experts say that fires and other extreme weather are increasing, because they receive compensation in direct proportion to how big their lies are.

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13 Responses to US Forest Fires Down 50% Over The Last 10 Years

  1. Douglas Hoyt says:

    I seem to recall that in My Antonia by Willa Cather that there are descriptions of prairie fires, that were quite common in the 1800s. I can’t recall any mention of a prairie fire in the last 50 years.

    • Rud Istvan says:

      Fire was an essential part of true tallgrass praries and fringing burr oak savannas. But except in a few rare places, all gone now to farmland. The Chicago Botanical Gardens has a restored prarie on a large island in a lake created by impounding the Skokie River. Reachable over a concrete bridge, with gravel walking paths. Every three years, they intentionally burn it without having to call the fire department to stand by.

  2. Andy DC says:

    But now every garden variety brush fire gets 24/7 news coverage.

    • Rud Istvan says:

      What is happening in California is not garden variety. But it is a natural part of the chaparral ecosystem. What is new is all the Californians who moved into it to their peril. Same with the drought. Nothing new. There have been 4 ‘severe’ multiyear droughts since 1970 according to California’s PDSI. What is new is that California’s population has gone up 87% while its water runoff storage capacity has only gone up 26%.
      In both cases self inflicted wounds.

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  4. Dr. A says:

    The data from national interagency fire center shows 2015 had more acres burned than any year 1960-present. Plotting acreage on the y-axis results in upward trend.

  5. gator69 says:

    Dr Ofwhat F, what part of US Forest Fires Down 50% Over The Last 10 Years do you not get?

    And why choose 1960 to present?

    Please explain, Dr Ofwhat F.

    • Dr. A says:

      What part of the number of fires is decreasing and the number of acres is increasing is difficult to comprehend. Starting before 1960 neglects advances in fire management. Modernization of infrastructure and water delivery. Helicopters. Widespread use of fire retardants. Etc.

      • Gator69 says:

        Right, in 1960 firefighting was invented. You still have not addressed the topic of Tony’s post, Dr Ofwhat F.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Back to the typical strawman, changing the topic attack.

          No one has mentioned all the greenie “YOU CANT CUT THAT DOWN” screaming. toss tandrums, crud that cost Australia many houses and lives because home owners were not allowed to clear brush near homes or clear fire breaks. That mentality and laws are also found in the far west and in Colorado. (Many old fire roads have been taken out in the US too.)

          Fuel Loads Not Climate Change Are Making Bushfires More Severe

          • Natalie Green says:

            Very true! That was a part of the problem in the Fort McMurray fire this year- forest right up to the town

      • Sunsettommy says:

        Dr.A,

        You try to deflect the significance of the declining number of fires,why?

        The burned acres varies year by year greatly,but a there is a significant drop in the NUMBER of fires,which the significance of this eludes you.

        Warmists claim it is getting worse when actually there are FEWER fires than it used to be.

      • Sunsettommy says:

        Dr. A you didn’t answer his question adequately,why?

        Here is the question again,

        “And why choose 1960 to present?”

        Why 1960,Dr. A?

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