Climate Change Is Burning America conclude scientists and fire experts at a recent conference reports Tom Kenworthy at Climate Progress. Huge, explosive fires, on the order of a half million acres or more, are becoming commonplace, say many expert sand that the nation is moving into an era when massive and destructive wildfires of the kind that occurred only sporadically over the last century will now be a regular occurrence. This is because climate change is setting the stage — bringing higher temperatures, widespread drought, earlier snowmelt and longer fire seasons. It’s been a perfect storm of human effects: a history of suppressing forest fires, which built up the fuel load in forests, an increasing number of people building their homes within forests, and climate change. “We are now completely certain that there is a climate signal in the observed fire activity,” added Dave Cleaves, climate adviser to the head of the U.S. Forest Service. Dan Oltrogge, an experienced leader in fighting wildfires, agrees, noting that climate change is now a major factor in wildfires.
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