US Forest Fire Count Lowest On Record

There have been fewer than 30,000 fires this year – the majority being in Alaska (which is now cold and wet.)

National Interagency Fire Center

In 1937, there were 185,000 fires – and that did not include Alaska.

October 9, 1938 – NYTimes

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11 Responses to US Forest Fire Count Lowest On Record

  1. Mohatdebos says:

    Send your posts to Governor Inslee.

    • John F. Hultquist says:

      Better yet, let’s send Jay to . . . never mind.

      Okay, let’s have him go back to school and learn physics, chemistry, history, and a few other things regarding how Earth works.
      His law experience has made him clueless.

      By the way, we have several small fires in Washington State.
      Nothing special. They have stopped reporting on the biggest.

  2. Joe in Wyo says:

    I’m loving this Summer in Centennial. It’s been relatively cool and wet. I haven’t seen smoke from a fire all Summer and I haven’t even smelled smoke from a fire this year…. that’s pretty good considering the alternative really stinks….
    Thanks for the post Tony. I knew you’d do one on fires sooner or later….

    • John F. Hultquist says:

      To see about fires, go here:

      Under the map, near KML see Fire Detections (MODIS) – –
      click on “Current”
      The screen will zoom out, so you have to pick your place of interest and zoom back in.
      At this time, there is a small burn area east of Brush, CO., and two in western Wyo. Near Moran (Grand Teton area) and 15 mi. north of Pinedale
      Both are small and old.

      • Joe in Wyo says:

        Inciweb only shows one fire in Wyoming, somewhere in the Bighorns… either way our air is clear and doesn’t smell like smoke.. I like it this way but I know it won’t last as I’d bet a dollar to a donut that things will change once hunting season starts….
        Thanks for the website link. I’ll check it out later on my PC.

  3. rah says:

    “In 1937, there were 185,000 fires – and that did not include Alaska.” But people didn’t know how to count back then according to some alarmists.

    • Gator says:

      But still lowest on record!

      Why do you hate poor brown people Ms Griff?

    • rah says:

      Griff picking a single cherry. Pathetic.

    • KevinPaul says:

      Wise up griff you’re coming across as a naive fool. Many forests NEED FIRES to be healthy and regenerate.

      “Natural fire frequency in Alaska is various, diverse and depends on region, site characteristics and vegetation. Alaska’s boreal forests burn naturally every 24 to 300 years, while the Alaskan tundra natural fire frequency is much more infrequent and ranges from 175 to 1,023 years. Because of Alaska’s cool year-round temperatures, vegetation decays at a very slow rate, releasing nutrients slowly. Large amounts of nutrients are released after a fire in the boreal forest or tundra.
      Fires in the boreal forest and tundra typically burn in a patchwork pattern, leaving a mosaic across the landscape.
      After a fire, plant succession takes place, meaning smaller plants like grass begin growing first before giving way to shrubs and then, eventually, trees again. To maintain ecological diversity, Alaska’s plant and animal communities are highly dependent on fire regimes.”

  4. Snape says:

    “When a liquid evaporates, its molecules convert from the liquid phase to the vapor phase and escape from the surface. Heat drives this process. In order for the molecule to leave the liquid surface and escape as a vapor, it must take heat energy with it. The heat that it takes with it comes from the surface from which it evaporated. Since the molecule is taking heat with it as it’s leaving, this has a cooling effect on the surface left behind. This makes it easy to understand evaporative cooling.”

    This explains why the Midwest maximums have been decreasing. This explains the dustbowl record highs.

    There’s a warming, drying trend during summer out West. All else being equal, that equates to a trend towards increased fire risk.

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