Global warming to spark increase in US wildfires

2019-04-03 10:11:08

TODAY much of the north-western US wilderness is already a tinderbox, but thanks to global warming, wildfires will be scorching even more land every year by the end of the century. Because warmer oceans encourage warmer weather, emergency planners in the US Southwest have long monitored temperatures in the equatorial Pacific to forecast wildfire activity. But a warm Pacific can spark fires in the north-west as well, says Yongqiang Liu of the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Athens, Georgia. Warmer-than-average ocean temperatures in the North Pacific create more low-pressure weather systems than cooler waters do,