Fires in Oregon have burned 387 acres this year, which is less than 2% of normal for the date.
These statistics are for the 16 million acres of forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Fires by cause: January 1 – August 23, 2011
Lightning: 30 fires burned 89 acres
Human: 286 fires burned 298 acres
Total: 316 fires burned 387 acres
10-year average: January 1 – August 23
Lightning: 270 fires burned 20,684 acres
Human: 499 fires burned 3,235 acres
Total: 769 fires burned 23,919 acres
Just like the consensus predicted ….
A 2004 Scientific Consensus Statement
Oregon will see an increase in unhealthy air days, as hotter summertime temperatures generate more smog. A longer pollen season will make life more uncomfortable for people with asthma and allergies, and cases of insect-born diseases will increase.
Drier summers will lead to drought and vulnerability of forests to fire, disease and insects.