Monday, September 07, 2009

'We've never seen anything like them before'

We're living in an unprecedented "age of megafires," reports 60 minutes. Fires these days are bigger, and there are more of them.

Bigger: "10 years ago, if you had a 100,000 acre fire, you were talking about a huge fire. And if we had one or two of those per year, that was probably unusual. Now we talk about 200,000 acre fires like it's just another day at the office."

More: "Seven of the 10 busiest fire seasons have been since 1999."

Why? People. One, an increase of one degree in average temperature (thank you global warming) has triggered four-times the number of fires.

Two, the US Forest Service is partly to blame. Their policy of stopping all wild fires for the last 100 years has left a lot of fuel in the nation's wilderness.

What next? Half the nation's forests could be wiped out during the next century.

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