2012-07-01. Forest Service ecologist expects California 'super fires'

posted Jul 11, 2012, 11:42 AM by Lisa Ou   [ updated Jul 11, 2012, 12:06 PM ]
 | by Edward Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee. An article relevant to GSS A New World View chapter 2 and Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: Intense and deeply destructive "super fires," like Colorado's current Waldo Canyon fire, which has claimed two lives and burned 350 homes, are almost assured in Northern California's future, according to a U.S. Forest Service scientist. "Typically we're seeing an earlier fire season and that fire season is lasting longer," said Malcolm North, plant ecologist with the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service... The culprits, said North, are weather fluctuations and climate change. He said the warmer temperatures and drier winters seen recently in the region are creating ideal conditions for intense and hard-to-control fires like the Colorado fire. "What we're seeing now is that snow reserves are less in the Sierras and runoff is happening earlier in the year," he said.…. Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/01/4602541/fires.html