The 2016 US fire season is well below average

- Despite the recent headlines, the 2016 fire season is actually well below normal for this time of year.  Unfortunately, hundreds of homes and other structures have been burned up this season from California to Georgia. But it’s not actually as bad as it could be. It’s just the fires keep burning in pretty populated areas.  In fact, we have burned up barely half of the acreage that was burned last year across the US.  We are also about a million acres shy of the 10 year average for total acreage burned.

The reduction in fires is likely due to the higher winter moisture that fell across much of the west over the winter than in previous years.  Remember though, forest fires are actually a natural and necessary occurring phenomena.  They can thin out a lot of dead or dying brush, rejuvenate the soil, and allow many other plants to seed and flourish.  The problem isn’t the fires, or even the amount of them.  The problem is that a lot of fires these days burn too hot because there is so much dead or dying brush from US forest control over the last half century.  When the fires burn too hot, they end up killing everything. 

The largest fires right now are in California and Idaho…

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