|2011-06-11 04:13:21||Monster wildfire in Arizona: A glimpse of what climate change could bring -- Chrsitian Science Monitor|
Monster wildfire in Arizona: A glimpse of what climate change could bring
Even as the Wallow fire threatens to alter the Arizona landscape for a long time to come, some scientists say climate change may be fueling a trend toward larger wildfires in the American West.
Source: Christian Science Monitor, June 9, 2011
From 1960, when the center's tally begins, through 2010, wildfires throughout the US burned an average of 4.2 million acres a year. Between 2000 and 2010, however, the average rose to 6.6 million acres a year. Six of the last 11 years saw from 7 million to nearly 10 million acres burned. Between 1960 and 2000, only two years reached the 6-million-acre mark.
So far this calendar year, wildfires in the US have burned 3.1 million acres, according to the NIFC