[Ed. – We blame George W. Bush]
The Forest Service report cites climate change for the increased wildfires.
Other government reports have concluded the same.
“Climate change has led to fire seasons that are now on average 78 days longer than in 1970,” according to the Forest Service report. “The U.S. burns twice as many acres as three decades ago and Forest Service scientists believe the acreage burned may double again by midcentury.”
The U.S. Global Change Research Program predicted that wildfires will increase, especially in the Southwest.
“These changes are often driven by multiple factors, including changes in temperature and drought patterns, wildfire, invasive species and pests,” the report said.