Wildfires are getting longer, fiercer, and more costly to contain. Wildfires have burned an average of 7 million U.S. acres every year since 2000. That’s equal to burning all of Yellowstone National Park three times over each year. But from 1960 to 1999, wildfires consumed half that amount – an average 3.5 million acres a year. U.S. wildfire seasons now last an average 76 days longer than in the 1970s and 1980s. Before 1986, a wildfire was contained on average in less than eight days. Since then, the average wildfire has burned for 37 days.
The five largest fires in US history all occurred more than a century ago.
- 1871 Peshtigo Fire – 3.8 million acres
- 1825 Maine Fire – 3 million acres
- 1898 South Carolina – 3 million acres
- 1910 Idaho – 3 million acres
- 1881 Michigan – 2.5 million acres
By cherry picking the ice age scare of the 1960s and 1970s to compare against, there is no limit to how much climate BS can be generated.
h/t to Marc Morano