Climate change and the state of wildfire

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Aug 7, 2014

“Those of us that live in the looming shadow of wildfire are bracing for dangerous and destructive times ahead. The financial and environmental impacts of wildfire are potentially massive, posing a serious threat to property, infrastructure, watersheds, human health and safety, wildlife, habitats, and local economies,” this according to author Sara Gutterman who posted a blog titled, “The Frontlines of Climate Change:  Wildfire” for GreenBuilder Media, a leading media company in the North American residential building industry focused exclusively on green building and responsible growth. Beetle

Gutterman highlights in her post a kind of “circle of life” when it comes to wildfire and our environment…for instance, how climate change and our unusually hot, dry summers and mild winters in the west have contributed to the severity of the beetle outbreak. And as many of us who live in the west know, this infestation of beetles has led to more of our trees dying, which then leads to more dead fuel in our forests, which then ultimately contributes to the severity of wildfires.

Read the blog post, which delves into more of the science behind climate change and the effects on wildfire. Let us know what’s happening in your neck of the woods. If you live in a wildfire-prone area, what is your community doing to raise awareness of this growing wildfire problem. Have you seen this infestation of beetles take hold of your forests? 

For more information about what you can do to help mitigate risk, check out our Fire Adapted Communities website, which provides resources and information for every member of the community who wants to make a difference when it comes to wildfire safety. NFPA’s Firewise website is also a helpful resource for homeowners who also want to start a neighborhood-wide effort to prepare ahead of a wildfire and ultimately reduce their risk.