Biden Weighs In On Forest Fires

“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.

National Interagency Fire Center

Burn acreage to date is less than one third of ten years ago.

National Fire News | National Interagency Fire Center

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.

Wildland Fire: History Timeline | U.S. National Park Service

22 Feb 1898, Page 3 – The Semi-Weekly Messenger at Newspapers.com

The massive fires of 1898 burned well into October, making the fire season at least eight months long.

Fort Collins Courier October 6, 1898 — Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

Herald Democrat October 2, 1898 — Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

TimesMachine: September 30, 1898 – NYTimes.com

TimesMachine: October 3, 1898 – NYTimes.com

Oregon recorded their record temperature of 119F twice during the summer of 1898. This week’s “record” heatwave topped out at 118F.

What is the hottest temperature ever recorded? | kgw.com

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.

Baudette fire of 1910 – Wikipedia

23 Oct 1910, 6 – Monterey Daily Cypress and Monterey American at Newspapers.com

 

10 Oct 1910, Page 1 – Star Tribune at Newspapers.com

10 Oct 1910, Page 1 – The Winnipeg Tribune at Newspapers.com

A few weeks earlier was the largest forest fire in US history, along the Idaho/Montana border.

The 1910 Fires – Forest History Society

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

07 Oct 1871, 1 – Chicago Tribune at Newspapers.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.

11 Oct 1871, 1 – Chicago Tribune at Newspapers.com

There were massive fires in Wisconsin, Michigan and the Rocky Mountains.

14 Oct 1871, Page 2 – Harrisburg Telegraph at Newspapers.com

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.

BLACK THURSDAY.

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.


17 Jan 1857 – BLACK THURSDAY. – Trove

Canada’s largest fire occurred in 1825, and burned 2.5 million acres in about nine hours.

 

19 Sep 1908 – Historic Forest Fires. – Trove

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.

Wildfires and Acres | National Interagency Fire Center

2010-sustainability-report.pdf

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5 Responses to Biden Weighs In On Forest Fires

  1. G W Smith says:

    Do you think any of the people who need to see this post will actually see it?
    Such a sad thought.
    How does the world even go around?
    But, since it does, there is hope!

    • Michael Spencer says:

      In my experience, the very people who need to see the articles and videos that Tony has assembled tend to be ‘true believers’ in what has become a quasi-religion. As such, they simply refuse to look – or to listen. After all, good news, reinforced by nasty proven and demonstrable facts, is most offensive to some!

      “Oh woe! Don’t you dare to suggest anything to go against the profound statements of Saint Greta; or of Prophet Al! ( That would be sacrilege and, as such, you deserve to be condemned and burnt at the stake!”)

    • MGJ says:

      Even those who chance upon it, state education has vaccinated most people against facts; and I am sure data must be racist.

  2. Eric Hatfield says:

    It’s only the beginning of July so it’s way too early to draw any solid conclusions about how bad this year’s fire season will be. Given the fact the west is in a serious drought it could be a bad one in comparison to the recent 30-50 years.

    Given the difference in fire spotting, firefighting capability and even the policy itself over the last 150 years I think it would be very risky to draw too many conclusions about the difference in total fire acreage burned.

  3. Roland F. Hirsch says:

    One of the worst forest fires in modern times was the Chinchaga Firestorm in Alberta and British Columbia in 1950. It is considered “the biggest firestorm documented in North America” according to the book on it, “The Chinchaga Firestorm”, by Cordy Tymstra. 3,500,000 acres burned. The book is very well worth reading. There are some 200 references to the literature.

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