US Burn Acreage Down 84% Since 1930

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11 Responses to US Burn Acreage Down 84% Since 1930

  1. Rah says:

    In anticipation of the climate change scammers wailing about the current fire of course.

    Truth is Californians are paying a heavy price for the policies their elected leaders maintained for decades.

  2. Mr GrimNasty says:

    Pyro terrorism, especially in Europe, is the weapon of Islamic terrorists which no one is allowed to talk about and the MSM does not mention – so much more convenient to blame climate change.

    The ISIS magazine apparently celebrated the deaths in the recent Californian wildfires but stopped short of actually claiming repsonsibility.

  3. The chart has several problems
    with data accuracy:

    I believe the data before World War II
    are questionable estimates.

    There were likely to be acres burned
    in the pre-satellite age
    that may have been overlooked.

    Modern fire fighting with airplanes
    and helicopters may save more acres.

    There were so many fewer homes / people
    living near the forests in the 1930s that firefighters
    back then could let the fires burn themselves out
    — now they would get sued if they did that !

    Even if you ignore pre-World War II data,
    there is no uptrend of acres burned.

    More important is that wildfires
    have nothing to do with global warming.

    I blame the careless or evil people
    who start 90% of the fires.

    The forest burns because it is dry —
    it doesn’t matter if the weather / climate
    got a little warmer over the years,
    because the forests were already dry
    and susceptible to fires
    BEFORE the global warming !

    The lack of forest management these days,
    limited clearing and burning dry underbrush,
    for “environmental” reasons,
    (it might create smoke near a hospital or school!)
    just makes more fuel for hotter, wilder fires.

    I’ve been reading about climate science for 21 years,
    and have yet to identify anyone hurt by the slightly
    warmer nights of “global warming”.

    • Rah says:

      The dangers and extents of fires we’re addressed and fought long before WW II. Many of the fire trail/grids still used today we’re suveyed and cleared by the CCC during the depression.

    • tonyheller says:

      There is nothing wrong with the data before WWII, and it was measured very accurately. There are lots more people starting fires now.

      • Rah says:

        People these days seem to tend to think humankind was clueless before GPS and Satellite data. The combined efforts over time of the US Army, Railroad surveyers, USGS, etc had pretty detailed topo maps of most of the US far earlier than most people realize.

      • Richard Greene says:

        The chart should be viewed as extraordinary data
        and should be questioned by anyone interested in accurate data

        Apparently not you.

        Between 1930 and 1950, in excess of 10 million acres were burned by wildfires annually.

        Most of the area burned during this period was in the Southeastern United States (South RPA Region), and were primarily incendiary fires.

        In case you didn’t know, an incendiary fire is one that is set intentionally.

        It appears that much of the pre-1960 data were related to incendiary forest fires, and not to true wildfires.

        For the post-1960 dataset, the National Interagency Fire Center explicitly separates the wildfire data from the prescribed fire data.

        That’s why your chart is comparing apples to oranges.

        Also:
        You say there are “lots more people starting fires now”.

        That would suggest more acres burned now.
        than in the past.

        Biut that’s not what we see on the chart.

        The chart shows far fewer acres burned now,
        in spite of “lots more people starting fires now”
        … and that doesn’t make sense.

  4. Rah says:

    During WWII the 555th Airborne Infantry Regiment was tasked with fire fighting in the Pacific Northwest. It was the only black parachute Infantry Regiment formed. Despite the shortage of Infantry the high command wouldn’t let them fight.

  5. Lasse says:

    You show the mismanagement Trump was clear about.
    Redwood has a long life and a bark that makes it survive a fire.
    The bushes underneath has no protection and used to burn regularly.
    Now that implies the new settlements.

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