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[Middle Column] Analysis: To stop wildland fires, forestry, not climate policy, is the priority – ‘Temperature & precipitation data show a poor correlation to the intensity of fire seasons’ in Washington state

Todd Myers: "The largest number of acres burned in the past five years was in 2018, when temperatures in E. Washington were cooler than this year. By way of contrast, 2017 was an extremely quiet fire year, but average temperature was 3 degrees warmer than the busy 2018 fire season. Additionally, 2014 was an extremely bad fire year, but average Summer temperatures were lower than the very quiet year of 2017. Precipitation was also very similar. Simply pointing to temperatures and even precipitation obviously doesn’t tell the whole story, nor is it a useful surrogate for fire activity."

Published:9/13/2020 11:59:59 AM
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