Wildland Firefighting

NASA Study: Climate Change May Increase Fire Risk

NASA has released an animation that dramatically shows how the risk of fire may increase in North America throughout the century, reports CNET.com (http://cnet.co/1blkSq4).

With warmer spring temperatures and earlier snow melt, dry conditions are increasing, which means fire seasons are starting earlier and lasting longer, and bigger fires are becoming more common.

“A 100,000-acre wildfire used to be unusual, you would see one every few years,” Forest Service employee Carl Albury is quoted as saying in an article on NASA’s Web site. “Those type of fires are becoming a yearly occurrence.”