One of my NFPA colleagues this morning pointed out this interesting article from CBS/San Francisco Bay Area news. It states that on this, the one-year anniversary of a fire that has burned across forest land in and around Yosemite National Park, there is what ecologists, researchers and fire experts call, a “barren moonscape” in the Sierra Nevada mountains (that is) larger than any burned in centuries.
The Yosemite Rim Fire has burned more than 400 square miles, and 60 square miles of it has burned so intensely that it has actually killed a number of trees and other vegetation. Some ecologists have referred to this piece of land as “dead,” and as hard as this is to believe, the future existence and growth of particular types of wildlife and plants is uncertain.
What's causing this problem? According to the article, the increased growth of dead and downed trees and vegetation, a warming climate, drought and our current suppression practices, have all led to a greater intensity of wildfires to date.
Take a look at the article, and let us know what you think. If you live in the area, what have you seen happening over the the last year? What are your thoughts on the state of wildfires in the west? Share you story with us on Facebook or start a conversation on NFPA's wildfire LinkedIn subgroup page. We're always happy to hear from you.