Heat plus drought plus excessive fuel loading plus excessive ladder fuels plus dense tree stands equals conflagrations like never seen before by humans since humans created this condition starting back in the 1890s. For tens of thousands of years, natural lightning-caused fire was a normal part of our forest ecology, cleansing the forest of the perpetual accumulation of fire-prone fuels with low-burning fire that reduced the “fuel load” that today enables catastrophic wildfire. As such, most North American forests became “fire adapted” meaning the trees and plants that survived these low-burning fires were more fire resistant and became the forest …
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