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America On Fire: Why Is The Number Of Wildfires In The United States Increasing?

As America watches large sections of Colorado literally burn to the ground, many are wondering why all of this is happening.  There have always been wildfires, but what we are experiencing now seems very unusual.  So is the number of wildfires in the United States increasing?  As you will see later in this article, the answer is yes.  2011 was a record setting year for wildfires and this wildfire season is off to a very frightening start.  Right now the eyes of the nation are focused on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado.  It doubled in size overnight and it has consumed more than 300 homes so far.  It is threatening the city of Colorado Springs, and at this point more than 35,000 people have been forced to evacuate – including the U.S. Air Force Academy.  On Twitter and Facebook residents are describing what they are seeing as “the apocalypse” and as “the end of the world”.  But this is just the beginning of the wildfire season.  We haven’t even gotten to July and August yet.

The Waldo Canyon fire is rapidly becoming one of the most expensive and destructive wildfires in Colorado history.  The historic Flying W Ranch has already been burned totally to the ground by this fire.  Local authorities are struggling to find the words to describe how nightmarish this fire is.  The following are a couple of quotes from a CNN article….

Richard Brown, the Colorado Springs fire chief, described it as a “firestorm of epic proportions.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper surveyed the Waldo Canyon Fire, telling reporters it was a difficult sight to see.

“There were people’s homes burned to the ground. It was surreal,” he said late Tuesday night. “There’s no question, it’s serious. It’s as serious as it gets.”

But this is not the only wildfire that is raging in Colorado.  Right now there are 10 wildfires burning in the state.  Overall, there are 33 large wildfires currently burning in twelve U.S. states.

If you will remember, New Mexico just experienced one of the worst wildfires that it has ever seen.  Conditions throughout most of the western United States are ideal for wildfires right now.  As USA Today reports, much of the western half of the country is under a “red flag warning” right now….

Throughout the interior West, firefighters have toiled for days in searing, record-setting heat against fires fueled by prolonged drought. Most, if not all, of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana were under red flag warnings, meaning extreme fire danger.

But wait, didn’t this kind of thing happen last year too?

Yes it did.

In fact, 2011 was one of the worst years ever for wildfires in America.  The following is a short excerpt from an EarthSky article….

Thousands of wildfires raged across the United States last year, 2011, burning a record amount of land, especially in the southern U.S. In fact, 2011 the third-most-active fire season since 1960 (when this record-keeping began) with respect to acres burned, according to preliminary data released from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in late December 2011. The NIFC will be releasing an official summary report detailing the 2011 wildfire season later in 2012, but for now you can read some of the details in the State of the Climate Wildfires 2011 report from NOAA.

During 2011, a total of 73,484 wildfires burned an estimated 8,706,852 acres (35,235 square kilometers) of land across the United States. Wildfire activity during 2011 was exceptionally high and was only exceeded in the historical record by wildfire activity during the years 2006 and 2007.

We have seen highly unusual wildfire activity throughout America in recent years.  In the article quoted above you can find a chart which shows that wildfire activity in the United States has been far above normal during the past decade.

Wildfire records have only been kept since 1960.  The 6 worst years on record for wildfires in the U.S. have all happened since the year 2000.  The following is from an Earth Island Journal article that I found….

In the United States, where some of the most accurate wildfire statistics are kept, the six worst fire seasons in the past 50 years have occurred since 2000. In Texas, nearly 4 million acres were burned in 2011, double the previous record. This included the Bastrop Fire last September that destroyed 1,600 homes and became the most destructive fire in Texas history. In Arizona more than one million acres were burned in 2011, a new record. The Wallow Fire, which destroyed nearly a half million acres, was the largest fire in Arizona history. The Pagami Creek Fire in northern Minnesota became the third largest fire in state history when it burned 100,000 acres in September 2011, most of this in an unprecedented 16-mile run on a single day.

So what does all of this mean?

It means that the number of wildfires in the United States is increasing and wildfires are becoming more powerful and doing more damage.

So what is causing all of this?

The truth is that this is happening because we are seeing exceptionally dry conditions throughout the western half of the United States.  In fact, according to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. interior west is now the driest that it has been in 500 years.

The eastern half of the country also gets very hot during the summer, but they don’t have as many wildfires because they get a lot more rain.

Many areas in the western half of the country have been experiencing drought conditions for quite a few years, and there seems to be no end in sight for the drought.

If you go check out the U.S. drought monitor, you will see that almost the entire southwest United States is experiencing some level of drought right now.

So what will July and August bring?

It is kind of frightening to think about that.

Earlier this year I wrote an article that postulated that we could actually see dust bowl conditions return to the middle of the United States.  Many readers were skeptical of that article.

But as much of the western United States continues to experience bone dry conditions and continues to be ravaged by wildfires, perhaps more people will understand how bad things are really getting in the interior west.

Just because we have made great technological advances as a society does not mean that we know how to tame nature.  We can attempt to contain the massive wildfires that are popping up all over the place and we can attempt to deal with the drought, but in the end we cannot stop what is happening.

So do you live in any of the areas that are being affected by these wildfires?

Do you have an opinion about why so much of America is on fire?

Please feel free to post a comment with your opinion below….

  • Greg Burton
    • GaryToo

      hhhmm, quad-dafti in libya and now ass-sad in syria blame them for their own massacres too.

  • Joe Dirt

    First, you have to have rain too make growth. So these places are getting lots of rain and snow. Second, if you do not cut down growth around your house or property, it dries out when the rain stops, when the fire starts it is too late. Third, do not let some dumbass enviro “mentalists” tell you that you cannot cut down growth. Fourth, do not ever figure that fire fighters are in anyway going to give a damn about your property. Lastly, you and you alone are the only one that can keep your stuff safe,,,,

  • Jennifer

    I agree that this could very well be part of the End Times that are now upon us and the whole world. Also please consider that this is not climate change. we are in a solar maximum and a bad one at that. The sun is hotter then normal and sending us (as we being Earth are in the line of fire for this one), and in the next few years it will cool off again. But all we can do is Pray that God will send cooler temperatures and rain statewide to calm the fires. I live in CO :).

    • GaryToo

      Actually the sun is a star like any other which is slowly on its way to becoming a red giant before burning out. This happens so slowly over billions and billions of years it could never be measured as change in a million lifetimes. So no the sun is not “hotter than normal”. Increased solar flares have nothing to do with record temperatures.

    • mike hover

      But isn’t the Earth the center of the universe?

  • joe

    Droughts and floods due to climate change was predicted to happen now 20 years ago. This is called the effects of Global Warming. The Untied States has been shattering high temp records every month for the last 13 months straight. Right now, it Is 106 in St. Louis in June after having the warmest winter in Missouri in 134 years.

    • http://homedefensetrainings.com HDAA

      Yes Joe, and the best way to keep cool from all of the global warming is to stick your head in the sand :-o

      I like the ‘Untied States’. Even though it was most likely a typo, it seems appropriate :-)

  • Al

    There was massive chemtrail spraying off the North coast of Spain and across the Bay of Biscay on Monday/Tuesday this week (clearly visible on the satellite feed of the UK Met Office website), yesterday orange dust fell from the sky across large areas of England, and today yet more apocalyptic rainfall has caused flooding across large areas of central and northern England (wettest June on record?), this after one of the driest winters on record in the UK – guess we know where all the rain has gone!

  • Georgiaboy61

    By training, I am a biologist and have experience doing forest fire research. Ironically, catastrophic wildfires often occur as a result of human “management” of forests and other ecosystems. Forests and grasslands, for example, evolved with fire – caused by lightning strikes – as a part of their lifecycles. Many species of conifers, such as white pine, are adapted to release the seeds from their cones when heated above a certain temperature, consistent with that of a ground fire below the tree in question. Natural ecosystems, left alone without interference from humans, will burn every few seasons – esp. during conditions of drought. However, since BLM and US Forest Service/USDA policy on most federal land is fire suppression, dead growth and other under-story (i.e. under the tops of the trees) debris is allowed to accumulate. It dries, creating a tinder box. When fire finally happens, so much fuel has accumulated that an out of control wild fire results. In nature, fires occur more frequently, but also tend to be smaller and confined to the understory more often. These ground fires are essential to the life of the forest/grassland, as they remove debris and recycle nutrients into the soil (ash is very good fertilizer), and clear the way for new growth to come up. Human interruption of the natural fire cycle is thus to blame for many large fires.

    • mike hover

      Contradict yourself much?
      …..”However, since BLM and US Forest Service/USDA policy on most federal land is fire suppression, dead growth and other under-story (i.e. under the tops of the trees) debris is allowed to accumulate.”

      Then;
      ….”Human interruption of the natural fire cycle is thus to blame for many large fires.”

      Natural firecycle would NATURALLY mean NATURAL forest. UNTOUCHED, debris accumulates.

  • timothy j clark

    Thank Felix For Speaking The Truth….When You See These Things Happening Know That The Great Day Of The Lord Is Near….We Haven’t Seen Anything Yet….Wait Until Damascus Falls….It’s ALL In The Holy Bible

    • Paul

      Yes Felix is certainly spreading something.

  • http://Theeconomiccollapseblog. Big T

    Funny , about a month ago I was reading WMD blog and the story they pulled was the muslim brotherhood was telling all the muslims to make America burn , burn their woods. Can’t say thats the cause but all of a sudden wow.

  • mondobeyondo

    My guess is that it’s a combination of all of the above – climate changing, global warming, erratic sunspot cycle, chemtrails, cloud seeding, aquifers being drained, and the wrath of God. What do you think lightning is? It’s God raining down fire onto the earth! (Okay, that one was bad.) The Great Plains will soon re-live the Dust Bowl days of the 1930’s…

  • mondobeyondo

    Maybe those ancient Mayans were right after all…

  • Evie

    Maps defaullts in co. so a gov. Agency. Why not fire patrols or sensors to report fires before they get tooooo big? Too much to ask for our taxes to help us, suppose.
    Obama care, the gov cannot take care of what starts as a small fire.

  • Taxed Enough Already

    Glorious day in the Hopetopia comrades! Everything is free! The taxpayers got deep pockets and long arms. The precedent is now set, you can be taxed for anything. Your vehicle is 20 years old? Better get rid of it or this nice tax will be levied. Come January though the kool-aid drinkers will be in for a rude shock when Taxmageddon hits. Get your McHealthcare comrades! One size fits all. Doctors schmoctors a panel of bureaucrats knows what is best for your health.

  • Evie

    Hum just imagine if certain agencies put 1/2 the effort they put into hunting for terro as they do into hunting for fires.
    They are as good as the.banking industry. Spend billions for doing nothing.

  • Stacey

    Did you know Obama cut funding for water carrier planes and helicoptors for colorado.

  • zeva

    I was just wondering how FINING people who can’t afford health care is actually helping them? As for the fires, there are many answers, but ultimately God is in control and is The One we need to ask for help.

  • Seemorerocks

    May I relay a message from Max Keiser? http://maxkeiser.com/2012/06/28/cognitive-dissonance-alert/

    “Really? Are you that f****** stupid! Climatologists predicted 20 years ago that AGW will cause huge fires and huge torrential downpours within 20 years. Colorado and Florida are example of this today. Hell holds a special place for AGW deniers:

    • Paul

      Every fire is proof of Climate Change, just as every snowstorm is proof of the coming ice-age. Give it a rest will you?

      • GaryToo

        can you actually argue ANYTHING paul? scoffing is not intelligent, come up with a real fact or two.

  • Aragorn

    If you recall in early May 2012 Homeland Security issued a warning regarding terrorists using wildfire attacks as a new weapon, the story was covered on everything from ABC news to forestry web sites such as
    http://wildfiretoday.com/2012/05/02/al-qaeda-magazine-encourages-forest-fire-arson-in-the-us/

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/al-qaeda-calls-massive-forest-fires-montana/story?id=16263981#.T6H57KsV0nZ

    And here we are a month later with wildfires raging across several states.

  • CJ

    So, those of you who believe it is “weather control”, please know that there is a site called, “weathermanipulation.com” which now (since we learned the truth about what they were doing) has altered their site to route you to other sites to cleverly hide their evil deeds. Foreign countries have accused us and also Russia of stealing their rain. WUT? How is this done, you ask?? HAARP

  • HecatesMoon

    Zeva, originally it was going to be required that every state participate in expanding the cover of medicaid, but that part was struck down by the court.
    The states have the choice as to whether or not they want to expand medicaid coverage.
    The requirement for participation was supposed to protect those people who were too well off to qualify under medicaid guidelines NOW, but also weren’t well off enough to afford insurance.
    Since states aren’t required to expand coverage, they will have to figure something else out to protect those people.

  • David

    Greetings,
    OK, so the country is under a little judgement. Its not my fault and I dont expect to share its fate. For example, just because 100-200 million Americans go belly up, I am not. Why? because i have made the Lord my refuge.

    HOW ABOUT THOSE FIRES? they just may be a sign to us. But like the song says, “We didn’t start the fire” These stupid bastards, (I can use that term because we dont necessarily have the same father), committed horrible atrocities against mankind, they need to repent or burn.

    In the meantime, God is not mocked, let’s hope that God takes some of the wicked off our hands. Blessings shall overtake the righteous. So let me ask: Is Jesus Lord of your life???? Peace. see also: Psalm 91:7-10

    • Kris

      David,
      You realize that according to scripture rain falls on the just and the unjust? When God judges a nation, any nation, the righteous suffer also! Daniel was part of a remnant who God allowed to suffer along with their entire nation. Their sin wasn’t his fault either,yet in one of the most stirring prayers in the Bible (Dan.9:1-19) when Daniel prays he identifies himself as part of the sinful nation.
      God does not desire the death of the wicked but that they turn from their way and live! As Believers, we do have Peace but we also have an obligation to share that message and pray for those around us who don’t. I for one do not “hope He takes some of these wicked off of our hands” I’m praying He transforms them because I was once one of them but instead of condemning me someone was praying for me and it worked!

  • Erinia

    I am wondering why so many people here see that it is the government and big businesses who are responsible for this (HAARP, chemtrails, etc) and yet do nothing?! Complaints aren’t enough to change things, if we the people don’t want it to be this way, it’s up to use to change it. I am tired of the complaining by people who do nothing to change their situation. Think you can’t do anything? Then you are exactly where they want you to be. They win…

  • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL

    Speaking of fires in Texas…

    In 2011, some guy west of Marfa was welding at a time when there was a burn ban…winds were 60 mph, so he’s out there welding in the open and starts a several thousand acre fire that destroyed several homes and almost burn nearby Ft. Davis. To top that off, Sul Ross State University (the college that started collegiate rodeo) had a series of rodeo events the same day and some dude threw a still-burning cigarette out into the gradd around the rodeo ring and started another fire that took out much ranch land there and almost mde it to Alpine (where Sul Ross is). Then west of Marathon was another fire…and there were other fires as well. that’s what worst drought since the 50s and high winds–and human stupidity–will do for you. The drought was probably caused by a “ls nina” in the eastern Pacific (which took the usual rains AWAY from the patterns that give far west Texas the usual winter and spring rains–we had NO RAIN AT ALL from Sept. 2010 until July 2011!!!)

    There’s a time to blame the govt. and the NWO crowd. Not this time–idiots probably caused these fires!

    • comnenus

      The guys who started these fires should be at the receiving end of Texas Justice.

  • Jason

    This is the Keynesians answer to the lack of jobs. See:broken window theory

  • Flossie

    Naturally the authorities don’t like to publicize this sort of thing, but (as others have suggested) arson is to blame for some of these fires. This has been happening for several years now. Yes, some fires have been started by lightning, and I read just yesterday that 10 or 12 of the smaller fires out West were started by target shooters. But arson is the dirty little secret about these recent outbreaks.

  • Tony

    A lot to think about. Interesting opinions.

  • Old Man

    Wild fires have been around for billions of years. The big one were a millions times bigger than today’s Colorado.

    But of course mankind thought they have conquered much of nature. How else you explain exploitation to the max?

    Wildfires, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes and hurricanes are the occasional reminder to humans on who is in charge. See, mankind have chosen to build all over wild lands, hundreds of home right in the middle of vast forests and the most frequent paths of hurricanes? Such arrogance will be checked and lessons taught.

    I do have sympathy for the Colorado people thus affected. I prefer to see this massive wild fire jump over to those big fancy towers in Manhattan housing notorious dual-surname firms, so that some good will be done.

  • cc

    haarp works by adding moisture or removing it, pitty prince willy wasnt there..but you have obama right….

  • HecatesMoon

    To see a map of all the large wildfires happening now in the United States, visit
    http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/

  • http://bonniebell81@hotmail.com bonnie crowe

    we are under judgement …for walking away from GOD , abortion , gross sin , child abuse , policies against Israel .
    it is going to get much worse under our dictator.

  • Rancher

    Mike can testify to the fact north Idaho has gotten more rain this year so far than we usually get all year. Which is a lot. It is lush here.

    Removing most conifers around buildings and replacing them with deciduous trees is a good start. Metal roofs or roof top sprinklers is another. Yet another is your own water supply and power systems which keep said water running when the grid burns down and goes away. Spray on “Barricade” is great. Portable rain birds on tripods with timers are good as well. Fire extinguishers on atv gets hot spots. Chainsaws gassed and ready to go to drop a few trees is smart. Green trees on the ground hardly ever burn like the ones standing up do.
    But above all living where there is current good rainfall shows me you are smart enough to read the cards and make the wise moves while you still have something left to sell. If your home just burnt down and you get an insurance check you might think about moving north where it rains and we do not have dust bowls. Just saying…..

  • Rodster

    Wild, wild weather this weekend. I never knew Land Hurricanes existed until this weekend.

    Millions in the Dark this Weekend after some nasty storms including a “Super Derecho”

    http://www.weather.com/news/20120630-deadly-storm-damage-news-20120630

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  • JJ

    In 25 years, the Sahara will no longer be the world’s largest desert. It will be replaced by the Great American Desert.

  • Victorious

    Amo 4:7 And I have also withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest. And I caused rain to fall on one city and caused it not to rain on another city; one piece was rained on, and the piece on which it did not rain dried up.
    Amo 4:8 So two or three cities wandered to one city to drink water, but they were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me, says Jehovah.

    Amo 4:12 So I will do this to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.
    Amo 4:13 For lo, He forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what his thought is. He who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the high places of the earth; Jehovah, the God of Hosts, is His name.

  • Winston Smith

    Divine Warnings…….bombs, elections,etc not going to stop that…

  • Silverbear

    “This they begin to do, and now nothing shall be refrained from them which they have imagined to do. Come, let us go down and shorten the days for the sake of the elect for fear no flesh shall be saved alive.” O.T.
    Our battles are with principalities on high. (I think that means the spirit world, Demons and NEPHLIM (the fallen ones) the giants of old, men of renown that will return in the last days, and were in the last days.)
    HANG ON !!

  • Yirgach

    The annual number of forest fires has decreased from a high of 250,000 in 1984 to 60,000 in 2011. However, the average number of acres burned has increased from 18 in 1984 to 125 in 2011. This indicates a more a policy of poor fuel management than any other reason.

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