More Climate Change Codswallop

National Public Radio (NPR) said in its “news” program laughably named “All Things Considered,” that “climate change”  caused the intense California wildfires that we saw in the form of the now infamous “Camp Fire.”

Read this, from Wikipedia (here):

Pinus contorta is a fire-dependent species, requiring wildfires to maintain healthy populations of diverse ages. The bark of the lodgepole pine is fairly thin, minimizing the tree’s defense to fire; however, the heat of fire opens the cones to release the seeds. This allows the species to regenerate and maintain its place in the forest habitat.[30] One plant community in which Pinus contorta is found is the closed-cone pine forest of coastal California.

Excessive wildfire prevention disrupts the fire ecology. The stands are usually so densely populated that the trees self-thin, or out-compete each other, leaving dead trees standing. These become a dry ladder fuel that can accelerate the fire to the crown of living trees. When the fire reaches the crowns of the trees, it can jump from tree to tree and becomes relatively unstoppable.

The natural fire regime for this species is primarily driven by climate. The fires occur most often after years of drought. Pinus contorta occurs from the upper montane to the subalpine region. These types of forests experience a lot of moisture in the form of snow in the winter due to their altitude. The density of the tree stand also prohibits the establishment of an understory. With all of that being said, the likelihood of a surface fire occurring is rare. Thus, infrequent but severe fires dominate this species.[30]

An example of the climate that plays a huge role in the fire regime of Pinus contorta is quite complex. There are three different oscillations that play a major role in droughts. These are the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO) and El Nino (ENSO). A combination of these oscillations being in effect (+) or not in effect (-) have a global effect on the water available to these forests. So when the AMO +, ENSO – and PDO –, there is going to be a drought and likely a severe subalpine fire.[31]

Red highlight and emphasis added.

A quick summary: Excessive wildfire prevention disrupts the fire ecology of forests causing an accumulation of dry ladder fuel that allows the fire to reach the crowns of the trees, at which point it can jump from tree to tree and become relatively unstoppable.”   

The point: The Camp Fire was so deadly, so devastating, so aggressive, so… unstoppable due to government policies — “excessive wildfire prevention” — not “climate change.”

Never count on people — like those at NPR — whose very job it is to report true things to you, to give you, you know… the truth.

— xPraetorius








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