Wildfires represent a natural component of the life cycle of a forest.
Wildfires are already devastating much of the West Coast, while other western states are record-breaking wildfires during the most fire-prone days, suggesting that spots of escape from the deadly blaze will continue diminishing unless major efforts are made to mitigate climate change.
“(In) most of these communities, it’s not a matter of if – it’s a matter of when,”Kaitlyn Weber
“In most of these communities, it isn’t a question of whether, but when,” said Kaitlyn Weber, a data analyst with Climate Central, the research organization that published the report.
Weber, who grew up near the site of this month’s Caldor fire, which has burned over 100.000 acres of land outside Sacramento, said parts of California were typically the fire-threatened locations.
She said the bootleg fire, which has burning more than 400.000 hectares (9.000 acres) in Oregon since last month, took place in the states south central region off its worst-affected areas.
The drain areas of San Joaquin and Sacramento, California, ranked second and seventh in percentage increases in “fire weather” between 1973 and 2020, according to an analysis looking at United States states “climate zones.
Weber raised concerns that weather can only impact the risk of fires, also depending on the range of hairbrush and other fuel for burning and the topography of a region.
The Greenwood Fire, in northern Minnesota, for example, has charred almost 20.000 acres in the past 10 days.