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S.E.E. the C.H.A.R.R.

As accelerating Global Warming changes familiar patterns of climate, weather, and wildland fuel quality, quantity, and condition, wildfires will more frequently ignite and endure. Legacy schemes of wildland management influenced by extractive industries, sensationalized media, derived notions of property ownership, and bureaucratic inertia must also change. Responses to Global Warming should involve strategies to hold carbon on site. Wildfire management should use tactics that prioritize ethical and ecological safety for wildland firefighters, residences, and wildlife habitats. The safest, most economically ethical, and ecologically congruent methods remain natural and prescribed fire use.

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Global Warming’s Fire Regime Change

Accelerating Global Warming increases the frequency, intensity, distribution, abundance, duration, and severity of landscape wildfire. Weather influences the quality, quantity, and condition of wildland fuel and whether wildfires ignite and endure. Global Warming can transform some wildlands from rarely burned biomes into landscapes that burn yearly. Responses to Global Warming should involve strategies to hold carbon on site. The safest, most economically ethical, and ecologically congruent methods remain natural and prescribed fire use.

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Global Warming Intensifies Forest Ecosystem Decline

Accelerating Global Warming generates disturbances that provide portals for fire-prone invasive species. Insects and disease, augmented by droughts and higher temperatures, will intensify decline of ecosystem resilience. Increased winter temperatures enhanced survival of bark beetles and produced incredible beetle populations that killed vast conifer landscapes. As a response to wildfire and beetle-kill, salvage logging has proven to hemorrhage carbon from the site, squander tax money, and render these areas ecologically injured. Natural fire use and prescribed fire remain the only inexpensive and viable responses to preserve wildlands’ ecological services.

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Global Warming Changes Wildfire Landscapes

Global Warming predictably increases the unpredictability of extreme wildfires and unpredictably influences wildfires’ predictable fuel. Destructive windstorms create abundant heavy fuel. Heatwaves and warmer nighttime temperatures rapidly dry out fuel. Deluges grow flashy fuel. Then, booming lightning storms’ ignitions expand into extreme landscape fires. Wildland managers must abandon predictably failing responses. Strategical scutwork should hold carbon on site. Natural and prescribed fire use remain the only viable tactics that can improve carbon sequestering.

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