“worst fire season on record.”

The press claims that this was the “worst fire season on record” and that we “need a comprehensive strategy.”

The reality is that burn acreage was below the long-term average.



I live close to three of the largest fires in Wyoming and Colorado – which occurred in the Medicine Bow National Forest.  I took this picture there a few days ago, and it is pretty obvious what the problem is.  A century of fire suppression has left a massive fuel load on the ground, which is ready to burn.

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8 Responses to “worst fire season on record.”

  1. Bruce Ferguson says:

    Why does your chart indicate 8.7 million acres burned and the headline says 13 million acres burned? Why the variance?

    • Windsong says:

      Bruce, the chart above showing 8.7 million acres through 11/13 is from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, ID. Note that NIFC counts almost every speck of vegetation burned (grassland, wheat fields and freeway medians) as a wildfire. The 11/6/20 UPI Op-Ed lead author, Jay Balagna, is a grad student and assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corp specializing in… “influence of climate change on wildfires.” Co-author Aaron Clark-Ginsburg is an associate social scientist at RAND. Both are former wildland firefighters, so you would think they could find the public NIFC stats. In addition to notional burn acreage, the authors are all over the place with brief discussion about idigenous peoples-style prescribed burning, and the need for full-time wildland firefighters to do that burning in the winter. (How that winter burning occurs with several feet on snow on the ground, they do not say.)

    • Vegieman says:

      It isn’t Tony’s “chart’, but the official record to date as compiled by he National Interagency Fire Center. Maybe you should ask UPI where they came up with their 13 million acres. Let us know when you find out.

  2. arn says:

    By developing methods to use the fuel load of forests
    for heating
    they could kill 2 birds with one stone,
    as this would reduce fires and fossil fuel use.

    Sadly noone is interessted in solving real problems
    and especially not those people who get paid by the tax payers
    as solved problems decrease the need for such people.

  3. John says:

    The media hype/sensationalism like the Amazon rubbish is exactly what Tony is showing. IMHO

  4. Gus says:

    Your photo also reflects the very reason for the massive fires in Australia earlier this year. But apparently not it seems, Climate Change the cause as presented to a inquiry by ‘experts’. Erstwhile world saviour David Attenborough concurred. It was not tabled by anyone however, fires of note will fail to reoccur in those areas inspite the ever increasing temperatures, for the next 2o years, until the undergrowth rebuilds. Sadly the inquiry did not continue into the coldest Australian winter on record, just 6 months later.
    The climate change agenda hides the real reason for these huge fires, history repeats, more lives lost unnecessarily.

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