25 Apr '13, 12pm

Fires Burn More Fiercely As Northern Forests Warm

Fires Burn More Fiercely As Northern Forests Warm

Fires Burn More Fiercely As Northern Forests Warm From North America to Siberia, rising temperatures and drier woodlands are leading to a longer burning season and a significant increase in forest fires. Scientists warn that this trend is expected continue in the years ahead. by dylan walsh When the wildfire reached Jon Cummings’ backyard last summer, it had already traversed 50 miles of rugged terrain in Idaho’s Salmon-Challis National Forest. Thick smoke dimmed daylight and embers sailed on hot currents. While firefighters were able to preserve Cummings’ house and property, his neighbors up the river were less fortunate. “No houses burned, but when those folks came home it was a total moonscape,” he said. Wildfires last summer burned more than 9 million acres across the U.S., predominantly in the West and Southwest. Only two other times in the past 50 years have fires bu...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/fires_burn_more_fiercely_as_...

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