US Forest Fires Continue Well Below Average

So far this year, US forest fire burn acreage has been 42% of the 1926-2018 average, and is down more than 90% from the 1930 peak.

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The summer of 1930 was extremely hot and dry, so no surprise they had  a lot of forest fires.

04 Aug 1930, Page 1 – Moberly Monitor-Index at Newspapers.com

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And of course the fraudsters at the Union of Concerned Communists claim the exact opposite of what the data shows.

Is Global Warming Fueling Increased Wildfire Risks? | Union of Concerned Scientists

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12 Responses to US Forest Fires Continue Well Below Average

  1. CO2isLife says:

    Tony, is it just me, or are all these fired concentrated on areas managed by the Park Service? I have never read of a catastrophic fire at a Weyerhaeuser forest farm. Maybe we should hire the timber companies to manage our National Parks?

    • DTW says:

      Once again you can blame Obama on new forestry policies of 2012. Home owners could no longer clear brush around their homes for fear of harming ‘endangered species’. Forest service could not harvest any dead trees due to pine beetles etc.

      https://www.dailywire.com/news/34068/barth-grimes-california-burns-new-normal-thanks-emily-zanotti

      • Phil. says:

        Maybe some of the blame should be assigned to the increase in house construction on the edge of the forests.
        “A wildland–urban interface (or WUI) refers to the zone of transition between unoccupied land and human development. Communities that are within 0.5 miles (0.80 km) of the zone may also be included. These lands and communities adjacent to and surrounded by wildlands are at risk of wildfires. Since the 1990s, over 43% of new homes have been constructed in this area. In some areas it’s nearly 80%. In the past when these areas burned, no homes were lost, but now there are homes there and the homes are destroyed.”

        Home owners could no longer clear brush around their homes for fear of harming ‘endangered species’.

        My understanding is that up to 100′ of clearance is required.
        http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/fact_sheets/DefensibleSpaceFlyer.pdf

  2. Pathway says:

    Progressives Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinochet created the Forest Service to preserve the forest for the people rather than allowing the timber and mining interest access to the resource. What could possibly go wrong?

    • neal s says:

      If one wanted to rid the world of sand in the Sahara dessert, it would only be necessary to put in place a government bureaucracy in charge of conserving the sand there. In a frighteningly short time, the sand would be gone.

  3. steve case says:

    Tony says:

    US Forest Fires Continue Well Below Average

    How can that be? :

    Wildfire acreage up 25% nationally as California battles new blazes, prepares for ‘very dangerous heat wave’
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/02/wildfire-acreage-up-25percent-nationally-as-california-battles-new-blazes.html

  4. Psalmon says:

    No worries…soon we will cut down all the trees to replace plastic straws.

  5. dennisambler says:

    Record of acreage burned from 1926-2017: https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/fireInfo_stats_totalFires.html

    Sample:
    1936, 226,285 fires burned 43,207,000 acres.
    2017, 71,499 fires burned 10,026,086 acres.

    There has also been a significant reduction in air tankers for fire control in the last few years: https://fireaviation.com/2018/02/16/air-tankers-cut-one-third-2018/

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