Yellowstone Spokesman Explains Fires And Pine Beetles

Even a simple-minded climate scientist might be able to understand this.

Since 1970, the Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest has averaged 26 wildfires each year. Around 51 percent of those fires have started from natural causes, forest officials said.

“Over the years, fire managers have learned that attempting to suppress all fire on the landscape has undesirable consequences,” Hottle said. “If we were to do so, we might limit the size of some fires for a period of time.”

Hottle said prolonged fire suppression allows forests to overgrow, leading to large stands of diseased trees. It creates greater fuel loads capable of supporting catastrophic fires, like those experienced in 1988.

“At some point this unnaturally created forest would experience an intense fire which would be difficult to suppress,” Hottle said. “It could burn over a very large area and create significant ecological and aesthetic impacts.”




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4 Responses to Yellowstone Spokesman Explains Fires And Pine Beetles

  1. Sandy Rham says:

    Let natural fires burn out, or lose the forest.
    Seems simple enough, what is it Smokey smokes??

  2. Al Gored says:

    No fuel, no fire, no matter how warm and dry, or weird, it is.

  3. Ivan says:

    Here’s an example of what happens when fuel load is allowed to build up: “Black Saturday” – Victoria, Australia – 7 Feb 2009. 173 deaths, 414 injuries, 3500 structures destroyed, 7500 people displaced, 1.1 million acres burnt.

    The 8th deadliest wildfire event in recorded history, and of course the Kool-Aid drinkers blamed it all on “global warming”.

  4. Yes, but if we note the 20th century’s rise in birthweights, and assuming that it shows an exponential increase in the 21st century, we will have 10,000kg babies to fight the fires for us. Understandably, these gigantic babies will have to be fed on the flesh of horses and Gobble Worming Denialatorists. Why are you looking at me so strangely?! This is Science® here, people!

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