over at CNN:
Warmer temperatures tied to wildfires, scientists say
Apparently it's again tied to global warming. What's conspicuously absent, however, is any discussion of our forestry and land-management policies. This stood out to me a bit:
Those plants grow back quickly after a fire, and several species of wildflowers only grow in areas that have burned, Rocca said.
Swetnam said smaller, surface fires are good for forests because they destroy shrubs and other brush without hurting trees.
What I sense is missing is a discussion of how the controlled burns of past eras have been banned, thanks largely to the environmental movement. I can't claim to know a ton about it, but I've heard folks talk about it on the radio.
So I'd only ask this - is it possible that the environmental horror we're now supposedly doomed to suffer has been caused in part by enviromentalism? I imagine there are some who are crying over the destruction of so many trees. Yet the same types have argued that we can't manage things properly because of the trees. So now we've lost the trees, billions of dollars, people's entire existences, and actual lives.
Yep, smart policy there.