Number Of US Forest Fires Continues To Decline

US forest fire burn acreage and number of fires is down 80% over the last 80 years.

Indicator 3.16: Area and percent of forest affected by abiotic agents

There were 185,209 fires in 1937, and more than 200,000 in 1936.

October 9, 1938 – NYTimes

The decline continues. This year there have been less than 40,000 fires so far,

(Assuming the 2016 number is a typo)

National Interagency Fire Center

There is lots of rain falling in the southwest, so there won’t be much fire activity there in the foreseeable future.

Intellicast – Weekly Precipitation in United States

Meanwhile, the press continues their usual hysterical nonsense.

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5 Responses to Number Of US Forest Fires Continues To Decline

  1. Josh says:

    Liberals screaming, “One year is not a trend. We look at trends unlike the deniers.”

    There are wildfires in Greece hence liberals scream, “Global warming!” despite the trend of less wildfires in Southern Europe since 1980 according to the European Commission (an EU body).

    • Colorado Wellington says:


      It seems you can’t penetrate the inner circles of progressive thinking and reach the intellectual heights it occupies:

      ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

      ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

      ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’

      Alice was too much puzzled to say anything; so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. ‘They’ve a temper, some of them — particularly verbs: they’re the proudest — adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs — however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!’

  2. Winnipeg boy says:

    So 15 arson fires are set simultaneously in gale force winds near Athens. Scores of people die a horrible death. In the news, not a peep about the suspects.
    It looks a lot like terrorism to me.
    I suspect the usual suspects.
    Or we could blame your SUV.

  3. Andy DC says:

    I heard some alarmist propagandist screaming that fires have jumped since 1984. How convenient! 1984 was the slowest fire year in the last 100 years, just like 1979 had the greatest amount of sea ice for any year during the past 100 years. There is not even the least pretense of scientific objectivity. Without their cherry picks, the alarmists have nothing!

  4. pseudo-intellectual says:

    (predicted precip)

    Sure doesn’t look like Dust Bowl II

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