Fewest Forest Fires In Three Decades In The US

The number of forest fires and burn acreage so far this year in the US is 62% of normal for date.

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National Interagency Fire Center

The only years which had fewer forest fires were 1983 and 1984.

National Interagency Fire Center

In 1938, the US had six times as many forest fires.


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6 Responses to Fewest Forest Fires In Three Decades In The US

  1. chris y says:

    There was a very interesting comment over at Dot Earth a few days ago concerning wild fires in the US. It puts the recent decade average of 7M acres/yr in context-

    Bryan Bird, Santa Fe, NM Aug. 31, 2013 at 9:58 a.m.

    “From 1500 to 1800, an average of 145 million acres burned every year nationwide – about 18 times the recent annual burn total.
    By the 1930s, 50 million acres in the lower 48 were burned annually by wildfire and by the 1970s the number of acres had dropped to 5 million.

    See USDI Review and Update of the 1995 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy January 2001. Chapter 1, page 6.http://www.nwcg.gov/branches/ppm/fpc/archives/fire_policy/history/index.htm

  2. Kirt Griffin says:

    And it would have been a lot lower except for the stupid federal forest regulations and policies and the state’s unwillingness to fund forestry programs. Pay me now or pay me later. Keep us posted on this. Thanks Steve.

  3. Larry Fields says:

    My aging eyes must be playing tricks on me. According to the chart, there was something like 30% less burnt acreage in 2010 than in 2013.

    Nevertheless it’s increasingly difficult for alarmists to say: CAGW-induced wildfires are going to kill us all!

  4. Larry Fields says:

    I’ve finally sussed out why the wildfire alarmists are wrong. Catastrophic SLR will put out all of the fires! πŸ™‚

  5. Gene L. says:

    Wish I had the time and energy — and free time — at this point in the day to pull the data for a longer period of tiome and do some detailed analysis…

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