The immediate effects of the drought in California distract us from the other potential dangers it may cause. An online article published on Water Deeply describes how above-average precipitation in California satisfies the drought but threatens a dangerous fire season.
Looking back on California’s wettest winter in recent history brings a sigh of relief as the heavy water use restrictions are lifted across the state. However, “Firefighters throughout the West approach the summer season with a proverbial prediction: If the winter was dry, all those parched trees will burn like torches; if it was a wet winter, all those new grasses will fuel quick fire starts and hot, runaway flames.”
Fire season in 2017 is off to a blazing start with more than 16,000 acres burned by June 3 as a result of 1,229 blazes in central and southern California. According to Scott McLean, a spokesman for the state’s department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, the 16,000 acreage is two-and-a-half-times more than what was burned by June 3 last year.
“The exceptionally wet winter may also offer an opportunity to deal with one of the more problematic legacies of California’s five-year drought: 102 million dead trees.” (Braxton Little)
Trees weakened by the drought succumb to the barrage of pine beetles that ate into their bark and cut off their circulation system. Over 102 million dead trees will eventually tumble to the ground creating massive fuel just waiting to be ignited by lightning.
If record droughts and dangerously low water supplies wasn’t enough to get California thinking smarter about stormwater management, blazing fires will surely ignite their efforts.
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