The report of the 2013 U.S. wildfires ‘Greatly Exaggerated’

The report of the 2013 U.S. wildfires ‘Greatly Exaggerated’

06 November 2013

published by http://blog.heartland.org


USA — The National Interagency Fire Center keeps records of the number of wildfires and areas covered for the United States on a daily basis. The following table listing fires for the past ten years from January 1 to September 24 was released September 25. As shown, 2013 wildfires are the lowest level in the past ten years and less than two-thirds the average. This is contrary to impressions given by national newspapers and ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN on their reporting.

Due to considerable September rainfall and snowfall out West, it is unlikely the number of 2013 wildfires will increase by any significant amount during the rest of the year.

The great attention given wildfires this year is due to efforts by President Obama’s Administration promoting global warming from burning fossil fuels is causing increased catastrophic events like wildfires. Paraphrasing Mark Twain on his reported death, “The news of greater national wildfires is greatly exaggerated.”

Other areas involving the United States on global warming threats subject to Mark Twain’s comment are recent increases in rain, drought, hurricanes, tornados, sea level rise, 2012 being the hottest year on record, and lack of snowfall. On a global basis comments subject to Mark Twain’s comments are accelerating sea level rise, accelerating global temperature increases, and record decline on sea ice extent. There is a host of data collected by NOAA and other organizations refuting exaggerations by climate alarmists on recent weather data. Climate events happening today have been happening for millennia.

YEAR-TO-DATE NATIONAL WILDFIRE STATISTICS

Year-to-date statistics

2013 (1/1/13 – 9/24/13) Fires: 38,619 Acres: 4,006,968

2012 (1/1/12 – 9/24/12) Fires: 47,437 Acres: 8,678,952

2011 (1/1/11 – 9/24/11) Fires: 59,149 Acres: 7,684,416

2010 (1/1/10 – 9/24/10) Fires: 48,951 Acres: 2,764,416

2009 (1/1/09 – 9/24/09) Fires: 70,609 Acres: 5,576,832

2008 (1/1/08 – 9/24/08) Fires: 67,399 Acres: 4,668,075

2007 (1/1/07 – 9/24/07) Fires: 71,244 Acres: 8,155,743

2006 (1/1/06 – 9/24/06) Fires: 82,922 Acres: 8,961,859

2005 (1/1/05 – 9/24/05) Fires: 52,311 Acres: 8,150,320

2004 (1/1/03 – 9/24/04) Fires: 60,470 Acres: 7,738,246

10-year average 2004-2013 Fires: 59,911 Acres: 6,638,583
 


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