Wednesday, August 19, 2015

University of California study says high-elevation California forests fires are likely driven by climate change

A team of researchers from the Institute of the Environment at the University of California analyzed data for the last 105 years and found that high-elevation California forests fires have seldom happened in the past.
Warming temperatures associated with climate change may be increasing tree density in the high, subalpine forests, building up the amount of fuel in those forests while also reducing its moisture content, the researchers suggested.

2015 has been an above-average year for wildfires in California, as the state continues to bake in an unprecedented drought. Gov. Jerry Brown described his state as a "tinderbox" and declared a state of emergency. The number of acres burned has topped 100,000, more than twice the average of the past five years and more than burned in all of 2014.  Read more at http://www.motherjones.com/