“Unheard Of” Fire Propaganda

CNN says Colorado is having record forest fires with “unheard of fire growth.”

East Troublesome fire: Colorado officials warn that two major wildfires could merge – CNN

Here are the Colorado fires, which are about to be extinguished by a foot of snow this weekend.

Compare to the 1898 fires, which covered “most of the northwestern part of the state.”

The Deseret News – Google News Archive Search

Total burn acreage in the US this year is not much different from other recent years, and much lower than prior to 50 years ago.

Burn acreage this year is less than 10% of the preindustrial average for the conterminous US.

Fire Policy – Cover & TOC

The 1910 fire burned three million acres, most of which occurred in six hours. The burn rate from that fire was an order of magnitude larger and flames were hundreds of feet high.

1910 Fires – USFS History – Forest History Society


The Lodgepole Pine forest which is burning has not burned for decades, and there is a huge fuel load on the ground.  I took this picture two days ago in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Lodgepole Pine seeds need fire to germinate. Without large fires, the species would go extinct.

Up In Smoke: Why Lodgepole Pines Love A Good Forest Fire – Here By Design

Massive fires are the normal ecosystem of Colorado and the western US. Clueless and dishonest journalists are also normal.

Spokane Falls Daily Chronicle – Google News Archive Search

08 May 1890, 6 – Minneapolis Messenger at Newspapers.com

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14 Responses to “Unheard Of” Fire Propaganda

  1. Windsong says:

    Author Timothy Egan wrote an excellent book on the 1910 fire, “The Big Burn.” Some highlights of the book are in this Smithsonian Magazine interview with him.

  2. SMS says:

    Both the Cameron fire and East Troublesome fire are a product of forest mismanagement. Not the Forest Services fault, the fault of politicians and environmentalists. Both fires are burning beetle killed lodgepole pine. Anyone who has driven through Rocky Mountain National Park in the last few years knows that the park is mostly beetle killed lodgepole pine.

    Why is there so much beetle kill? Because when the pine beetle infestation started in the mid seventies, the Forest Service wanted to spray the affected areas to control the beetle. They wanted to stop it in it’s tracks. The environmentalists screamed and yelled that to do so would kill innocent insects. If there is such a thing as an innocent insect. The politicians listened to the environmentalists and nothing was done. If you were a land owner in the mountains you were allowed to cut down any infected trees on your property, cut them into manageable sizes, cover with plastic and fumigate. That was all that was allowed.

    I’ve been wondering how long it would take for these dead trees to be part of a big burn. It’s happening now. And though there is significant wind to fan the flames, the temperatures at night are freezing and jacket weather during the later part of the day.

    The East Troublesome Fire has exploded in size in just a few cold days. Like setting a box of matchsticks on fire.

    Not much global warming to justify why these fires are burning. Just bad judgement by politicians and environmentalists leading to forest mismanagement.

  3. GCSquared says:

    Thanks for the sanity check.

  4. jb says:

    I visited RM Natl Park 3 years ago.
    It was upsetting to see the many trees killed and being killed by the beetle (Japanese beetle?)

    Zero forest management.

    Trees need to be logged strategically to reduce disease and widespread fire damage.

  5. Advocatus Diaboli says:

    I still cannot see any comments to Tony’s posts. Which means that if anybody replies to this with info on how to view the comments, I won’t see it.

    Will try subscribing to the blog, maybe then the comments will come into my inbox. But, what about visitors who happen to land here and see only a broken website??

    I still suspect hanky-panky behind the scenes, aimed at hampering Tony’s effectiveness.

  6. Steve Cooksey says:

    One could argue that lower CO2 levels are responsible for the huge fires of the past, and higher CO2 levels are good for the forest and grasses. It wouldn’t be 100% true of course but CO2 seems to be the basis for all the climate alarmism. I mean if CO2 is that powerful…..

  7. Kenneth Burnley says:

    Hi, comments no longer appear on recent posts on my iPad! Any good reason for this?

  8. GeologyJim says:

    Classic media hype – “the East Troublesome fire could merge with the Cameron Peak fire, the state’s largest fire on record”. So what? If the two burned areas happen to merge, that doesn’t make “it” a bigger fire – two entirely separate dates and locations of initiation.

    If the East Troublesome were to “merge with” the Cameron Peak burned area – ET would stop/slow significantly because there’s nothing left to burn. DUH

  9. Mohatdebos says:

    Why can’t I see the comments?

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