One hot summer does not global warming make. Likewise one cool rainy week does not disprove it. We need to look for trends in the long term.

One might expect wildfire to increase as climate gets hotter and drier. Statistics on wildfire in the United States are available at <http://www.nifc.gov/fire_info&gt; .

Despite the number of fires reported in the news this summer, the number of acres burned through August 11 is only third highest in the last four years, although all four are relatively close. Looking at long term trends, however, from a table of wildfires from 1960 through 2006, the five years with most acres burned are as follows: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000, 2002.

Events coinciding in time are not necessarily related in cause, but I certainly see a trend here. Remember, for Smokey’s sake, that we can reduce global warming, and, perhaps, wildfire as well.


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