Summit Fire: Nearly 4,300 acres burned; fire 80 percent contained
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#1 May 27, 2008
Unfortunately, we can expect a lot more of this, not only this year, but also in coming years: "Massive California Fires Consistent With Climate Change, Experts Say
ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2007)"
"This is exactly what we've been projecting to happen, both in short-term fire forecasts for this year and the longer term patterns that can be linked to global climate change," said Ronald Neilson, a professor at Oregon State University and bioclimatologist with the USDA Forest Service.
"You can't look at one event such as this and say with certainty that it was caused by a changing climate," said Neilson, who was also a contributor to publications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a co-recipient earlier this month of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
"But things just like this are consistent with what the latest modeling shows," Neilson said, "and may be another piece of evidence that climate change is a reality, one with serious effects."
#3 May 27, 2008
Thank you to all the brave people who fought the fire. You are real life Heros.
#4 May 27, 2008
im not siding with the global warming people the jury is still out for me. however, you would sound way more convincing if you decided to stop with the name calling and provide evidence to support your point of view. you make yourself sound just like the nutcases you are trying to contend with
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#5 May 27, 2008
Absolutely. We can't thank firefighters enough.
#6 May 27, 2008
Need some sensible logging practices in this county as well to thin and clear things out a bit or future fires will do that for us......at geat cost to property and lives.
#7 May 27, 2008
Given the fact that global warming is already happening, and that the western United States is drying out as a result, we can expect more frequent wildfire conditions, as well as more early spring flooding and a vanishing summer snowpack. That's under current conditions of atmospheric CO2 - and no, the jury is not still out, any more than the jury is still out on the question of whether or not the Earth is at the center of the universe.
What that means is that people who live in the mountains around here are going to have to start clearing larger areas around their houses. I imagine there's no shortage of jobs for bulldozers and backhoes right now - and is it just me, or are there fewer people hanging around down in front of San Lorenzo lumber these past few days?
You can pretend global warming is all a big hoax, and that the fire season will be no big deal this year, and not clear any space around your house - or you can be sensible. In any case, firefighters have a tough enough job to save the houses that do have clearances - they shouldn't be asked to risk their lives defending brush-coated houses.
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