“The Fire Debt Is Finally Coming Due”   3 comments

This is a posting from over four years ago, and the tinderbox in the west has only gotten worse, and of course, the climate is getting hotter and drier. — kenne

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David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star

“Much of the West is now a giant tinderbox, literally ready to combust. Yet thanks to fire suppression, the consequences have been postponed for decades.

“When you look at the long record, you see fire and climate moving together over decades, over centuries, over thousands of years,” said pyrogeographer Jennifer Marlon of Yale University, who earlier this year co-authored a study of long-term fire patterns in the American West.

“Then, when you look at the last century, you see the climate getting warmer and drier, but until the last couple decades the amount of fire was really low. We’ve pushed fire in the opposite direction you’d expect from climate,” Marlon said.

The fire debt is finally coming due.”

— Jennifer Marlon — Source: New York Times 

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Posted October 29, 2017 by kenneturner in Information

3 responses to ““The Fire Debt Is Finally Coming Due”

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  1. We sure need to do better (as a species) by going beyond fossil fuels and by using alternative energy.
    We saw the movie “Only the Brave” yesterday. It (an excellent movie) certainly opens one’s eyes even more regarding the real tragedy and suffering that wildfires cause.

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