20 Sep '12, 1am

Wildfires in U.S. getting much bigger as temperature gets hotter

Wildfires in U.S. getting much bigger as temperature gets hotter

Climate Central points out what should already be obvious: As it’s getting hotter, we’re seeing more wildfires — and the wildfires are getting bigger. Even as the 2012 wildfire season continues — there are nearly 1 million acres actively burning right now — the site parsed the data to pick out long-term trends linking fires, size, and heat. Here are some of the key findings from its report . We’re seeing more big fires. Click to embiggen. Climate Central compared recent and historical data. Compared to the average year in the 1970’s, in the past decade there were: 7 times more fires greater than 10,000 acres each year Nearly 5 times more fires larger than 25,000 acres each year Twice as many fires over 1,000 acres each year, with an average of more than 100 per year from 2002 through 2011, compared with less than 50 during the 1970’s There’s a relationship between temperat...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/wildfires-in-u-s-getting-much-bigge...

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