Hello! Given that wildfires have been all over the news lately, I thought they would make a good topic for a blog post. Specifically, we are going to discuss what ingredients are necessary for wildfires to start, and how climate change and wildfires are connected.
Wildfires have been increasing in the Western US since the 1980s. While there are normal fluctuations in wildfires cycles and climate patterns like El Nino which may impact wildfire frequency and intensity, it is clear that they are increasing.
Projections suggest that climate change will increase wildfire frequency and areas burned moving forward.
Ingredients for a Wildfire:
Before we dive more into wildfires and how climate change exacerbates conditions for wildfires to ignite or spread, it’s first important to understand the ingredients for wildfires.
The main ingredients needed for a wildfires include:
- Availability of dry vegetation (“dry fuel”)
- Hot and dry wind
- And human or natural fire ignition