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Climate Warming Directly Responsible for 400% Increase in California Fires

 

WARMING TREES & FORESTS BURNING

Recent Extreme Warming
The years 2014-2018, averaged on this map, were the warmest years in the modern record, NASA.
The years 2014-2018, averaged on this map, were the warmest years in the modern record compared to GISTEMP's 1951-1980 baseline. The areas in red experienced warmer than normal temperatures, while the areas in blue were cooler than normal during this period. NASA, Big.

 

Climate Warming Directly Responsible for 400% Increase in California Fires

Rising Global Temperatures Influence California’s Fire Season,
NASA Earth Observatory, September 3, 2019.

Read the Research

MAIN POINTS

Increasing Fire
"...the annual burned area across California has increased fivefold over the past five decades, and the main driver is higher temperatures."

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High Sierra Forests: Plant Diversity a Casualty of High-Severity Wildfires

 

HIGH SIERRA FOREST SUCCESSION

Researcher in Sierra Nevada Forest
Investigating plant diversity within a transect line of a Sierra Nevada forest affected by drought and wildfire, Courtesy Clark Richter.
UC Davis' Clark Richter investigates plant diversity within a transect line of a Sierra Nevada forest affected by drought and wildfire, Courtesy Clark Richter.

 

High Sierra Forest Decline

Plant Diversity a Casualty of High-Severity Wildfires,
University of California - Davis, October 3, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"Sierra Nevada forests are losing plant diversity due to high-severity fires."

Forest Succession
"These fires are turning patches of forest into shrub fields -- indefinitely, in some cases."

Legacy of Suppression
"...scientists analyzed plant diversity across a spectrum of fire severity -- from low to moderate to high. They found the sweet spot for plant diversity exists where tree stands burned with low-to-moderate severity, as mixed conifer forests did in this region for millennia...

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Inital Report: Donnell Fire Threatening Carson Iceberg & Emigrant Wilderness Areas

Initial DONNELL FIRE Report
August 5, 2018

Highway 108 Corridor Just West of Clarks Fork Road

Threatening Carson Iceberg & Emigrant Wilderness Areas

DONNELL FIRE UPDATE PAGE

 

2018 FIRE SEASON II, September to November, Camp & Woolsey Fires

2018 FIRE SEASON I, July & August 2018, Ferguson-Carr-Mendo-Donnell Fires

 

InciWeb
Donnell Fire

 

Statewide Fire Map: Donnell Fire

Backpacking Trails & Maps

 

 

August 4, 2018

Latest Order

Mandatory Evacuations along Highway 108
Clarks Fork to Kennedy Meadows
August 4, 2018:

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The New Normal Quantified: Key Triggers of the Costly 2017 Wildfire Season

 

CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS
Seasonal Changes & Fire

The New Normal Quantified

2017: 71K Fires, 66 lives lost, 18 Billion Dollars, Much More to Come

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2018 FIRE THREAT PROFOUND: Three Fire Stories

 

2018 WILDFIRE THREAT PROFOUND

Three California Fire Stories

 

Fire in Foothills stokes Fears

Jerry & Dems Caused the Problem

State & Local Officals Declare Profound Fire Dangers

 

Wildfire, Climate, and Forest Links

 

 

 

 

Fire in Foothills stokes Fears

Small Fire on West Flank

Fire in Madera County prompts warning,
Sierra Star, May 11, 2018.

 half-acre, an early warning for a dangerous upcoming season.

 

Also See

East Flank

April 20
Big Early Spring Fire in Owens Valley

1,265 acres. Danger already blows around Owens Valley

 

Our Situation

High Sierra Forest Succession Disaster Looms
 

 

 

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FOREST NEWS, Wildfires Change Rivers: Massive Wildfires are Growing because of Mega-Climate Changes

 

FOREST NEWS
Wildfires Change Rivers

Massive Wildfires are Growing because of Mega-Climate Changes

Large wildfires bring increases in annual river flow,
Oregon State University, April 12, 2018.

"Large wildfires cause increases in stream flow that can last for years or even decades..."

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Ultra Dry 2018 Winter Fire in Bishop: New Normal Emerging: Wait 'till Summer

 

MIDWINTER FIRE
Ultra Dry Winter Fire in Bishop

New Normal Season Emerging: Wait 'till Summertime

Update: Pleasant Fire at 2,250 acres; 15 percent containment,
Sierra Wave, February 19, 2018, 11:00 AM.

 

STATUS
Incident Start Date: 2/18/2018

Incident Start Time: 2:12 P.M.

Total Acreage: 2,250 Containment: 15%

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Crashing Our Climate: The Deserved Payoff, More Megafires, Winter Megafires Too

 

 

Eco Crash News
Crashing Our Climate

The Deserved Payoff, More Megafires, Winter Megafires Too

The Thomas fire is terrifying. Fire trends are even more terrifying,
LA Times, December 17, 2017.

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Climate Change News: Wildfires Worsening Year on Year

 

 

Climate Change News

Wildfires Worsening Year on Year

LA fires: Why 2017’s record wildfire season keeps getting worse,
Mercury News, December 7, 2017.

"...December is unusual for such a huge, destructive fire..."

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