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woodburner



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect the California fires were historically large, but before the days of firefighting equipment they burnt out and so consumed the available fuel. Today everybody tries to stop the fires burning. They might be successful in the short term, but longterm the fuel supply will get to the stage when control is impossible. Maybe that’s today, maybe tomorrow, maybe next year.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodburner wrote:
I suspect the California fires were historically large, but before the days of firefighting equipment they burnt out and so consumed the available fuel. Today everybody tries to stop the fires burning. They might be successful in the short term, but longterm the fuel supply will get to the stage when control is impossible. Maybe that’s today, maybe tomorrow, maybe next year.


It may be significant that these fires are occurring further and further north into areas with a more maritime climate.

http://google.org/crisismap/google.com/2018-carr-fire
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