Hiding The Decline In Burn Acreage

As I reported yesterday, the Kamala Harris White House erased more than half of the US forest fire record, sometime in the last six weeks.

A reader emailed NIFC about this and got this response.

That response is absurd, as I will now explain. Prior to 1983, the data was kept by the US Forest Service and was quite detailed.

TimesMachine: October 9, 1938 – NYTimes.com

National Report on Sustainable Forests–2010 | US Forest Service Research and Development

There is no reason to believe there are any major errors in the Forest Service data which make the data not usable.  Compare the handling of the fire data vs. Michael Mann’s Hockey Stick – where he spliced together many different types of data, and threw out proxy data which broke his hockey stick.

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Climate academics have long accepted the concept that methodologies change, and that hiding or simply making up data is acceptable in their field.


By hiding the pre-1983 data, propagandists can make it appear like there has been a large increase in burn acreage. That is exactly what they did in the last National Climate Assessment.

The graph was taken from page 38 of the Fourth National Climate Assessment document released in November 2018.

Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

But the reality is that forest fire burn acreage is down 90% since atmospheric CO2 was at pre-industrial levels.

Wayback Machine

The Harris Administration has also deleted the document above.

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