“Climate change” is responsible for wildfires that “move with more speed…and last well beyond traditional months of the fire season.”
According to Vice-President Biden, we are having a record fire season.
Burn acreage to date is 1,472,510 acres. Ninety years ago burn acreage was 51,607,000 acres – so we are currently at less than 3% of the burn acreage of 1931.
Burn acreage to date is less than one third of ten years ago.
Biden says fire season is longer now than it was before climate change, and fires burn faster and hotter now than they used to. During February 1898, three million acres burned in South Carolina in less than 48 hours.
The massive fires of 1898 burned well into October, making the fire season at least eight months long.
Oregon recorded their record temperature of 119F twice during the summer of 1898. This week’s “record” heatwave topped out at 118F.
1910 also brought some of the largest forest fires on record.
On October 7 a forest fire raged out of control across Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota, leveling everything in its path.
A few weeks earlier was the largest forest fire in US history, along the Idaho/Montana border.
On October 7, 1871 much of Minnesota and Wisconsin were burning.
PRAIRIES IN FLAMES. – One Hundred and Fifty Miles Swept by Fire–Men, Women and Children Fleeing for Their Lives–Immense Loss of Property of all Kinds. Several Towns Destroyed–Great Damage Occasioned–Loss of Life. – View Article – NYTimes.com
The following day was the worst fires in US history, with Chicago burning to the ground, and many other towns around the Great Lakes in flames.
There were massive fires in Wisconsin, Michigan and the Rocky Mountains.
The worst of these fires occurred at Peshtigo, Wisconsin, where more than one thousand people burned to death.
On February 6, 1851 most of Victoria burned in a few hours.
PROBABLY one of the most terrible days of which there is any record in Australian annals was Thursday, the 6th of February, 1851, commonly known as Black Thursday. But a small proportion of our present colonists have any recollection of that day, as our total population then only amounted to about 70,000 souls, against the 350,000 of to-day. But such of their number as have access to files of the newspaper published at the time, would do well to turn them over, and, as a warning for the future, glance at the narrative of the disasters of that dreadful day.
We find it recorded that as early as seven or eight o’clock in the morning, the thermometer stood at 117° in the shade. At mid-day it sank to 109°, but in the afternoon it rose again, and at four o’clock was 113°. Monday last was about the hottest day of the present season ; yet the thermometer did not stand above 95° in the shade. Our readers who felt inconvenienced by the increase of heat between that and the usual 70° or 75° will have some difficulty in imagining the sensations produced by a still further rise of 20°. The intense heat of Black Thursday was not it’s only peculiarity. From early morning it was accompanied by a hot wind, almost of the strength of a hurricane, and throughout the day the surface of the country was exposed to the full power of it’s withering influence. Bush-fires raged across hundreds of miles of country, sweeping along with almost the rapidity of lightning, and destroying, nearly instantaneously, men, women, and children, crops and homesteads, fences and gardens, and vast quantities of cattle, sheep, horses, pigs, and fowls. From the whole land arose a cry of utter desolation.
Canada’s largest fire occurred in 1825, and burned 2.5 million acres in about nine hours.
History is not the friend of climate alarmists, so during February, the Biden Administration deleted all of the inconvenient data prior to 1983, which was the lowest burn acreage year on record.