Wildfires Have Burned More Than 2.6 Million Acres So Far This Year
Off to a roaring start
The Department of the Interior says wildfires are getting worse, and the 2016 wildfire season is off to a roaring start:
The DOI’s post explains in blunt detail how rising temperatures and changes in weather patterns associated with global warming have made it both more likely that fires will start, and more difficult to put them out.
As warming continues, mountaintop snow is melting sooner in the west, leading to warmer and drier conditions during the seasons most affected by wildfires.
Smokey Bear might need to change his slogan… although “It’s getting harder to prevent forest fires” isn’t exactly optimistic.