Decades Of Mismanagement Turned US Forests Into ‘Slow-Motion Time Bombs’
Posted 08 August 2018 - 08:15 PM
Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:13 PM
Fires are getting worse in California and nationwide because of the human impact on the natural fire cycle, experts say. A study last year from the University of Colorado Boulder found that people were indirectly or directly responsible for 84 percent of wildfires and 44 percent of land unintentionally burned from 1992 to 2012. These fires are often caused by sparked power lines, debris burning, campfires, and arson. The Carr Fire, for example, was caused by a flat tire.
The problem, though, is not only that people start most fires. It’s also that longstanding strategies — to not set planned fires to clear built-up vegetation — have increased the risk of serious uncontrolled fires.
“We have too much bad fire, and it’s burning houses, killing people, doing all kinds of nasty stuff,” Dr. Pyne said, “but we could probably have 10 times, 20 times more good fire before we got back to what it should be.”
Not a word about climate change there. I thought it was noteworthy.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 01:39 PM
I know its conservative but something to think about. I agree with it. I live in a forested area of Oklahoma and the same is even true for here.
Smart article. Few people discuss the mismanagement of our forests. They used to do control cutting and burning, now...I don't know what they do with the money they make from visitors. Also, the point about population growing and encroaching on forested areas is good. Imo, there are too many people in the world. But what are you going to do?
"Zybach also doesn’t buy that global warming is exacerbating fires. Through his research, Zybach analyzed thousands of official documents, reports and first-hand accounts of wildfire activity going back hundreds of years. His conclusion: wildfire season hasn’t changed much."
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