July 9, 2012

Fires: A Strong Indicator Our Climate is Changing

"We've had record fires in 10 states in the last decade, most of them in the West," said Agriculture Department Undersecretary Harris Sherman, who oversees the Forest Service. 



Over the past 10 years, the wildfire season that normally runs from June to September expanded to include May and October. Once, it was rare to see 5 million cumulative acres burn in a year, but some recent seasons have recorded twice that.

"The climate is changing, and these fires are a very strong indicator of that," Sherman said.

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