More than 100 large wildfires burn in USA, with more expected today …and increasingly in future as world warms

1.6 million acres consumed in multiple states, Reuters reports, with 30,000 personnel fighting the blazes, the Mendocino Complex fire in California is the state’s largest ever.

The Union of Concerned Scientists on climate change and wildfires: “The effects of global warming on temperature, precipitation levels, and soil moisture are turning many of our forests into kindling during wildfire season.” “…Wildfires in the western United States have been increasing in frequency and duration since the mid-1980s. Between 1986 and 2003, wildfires occurred nearly four times as often, burned more than six times the land area, and lasted almost five times as long when compared to the period between 1970 and 1986.”

“As the world warms, we can expect more wildfires. US wildfire seasons—especially those in years with higher wildfire potential—are projected to lengthen, with the Southwest’s season of fire potential lengthening from seven months to all year long. Additionally, the likelihood that individual wildfires become severe is expected to increase.

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