Forest Fires Were Much More Common During The Little Ice Age


Forest Fires Worse LIttle ICe Age Years of Living Dangerously Critique

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13 Responses to Forest Fires Were Much More Common During The Little Ice Age

  1. rah says:

    A colder climate is a dryer climate.

  2. Andy DC says:

    I guess our Native American friends, supposedly in perfect harmony with nature, were not as environmentally friendly as we thought. The fires were not nearly as common, once evil, straight white, greedy, capitalist European male bullies arrived, who supposedly hated the planet and just wanted rape and exploit it. And shoot Bambi, while they were at it, just for the fun of it!

    • Gail Combs says:

      Fire has always been used by primitive societies to shape their environment. Fire was used to clear land to provide better grazing for hunted species both in the Americas and in Australia.

  3. au1corsair says:

    Fire is Man’s oldest Weapon of Mass Destruction. Fire will propagate itself, given fuel and sufficient oxygen. Fire fills the air with gases–some “inert” (Carbon Dioxide) and some poison (Carbon Monoxide, Sulfur Dioxide, all based on what’s around to burn). Fire can inflict structural damage–witness the Great Chicago Fire or the raging fire storms of the Great San Francisco Earthquake. In the Battle of the Little Big Horn the Native Americans set fire to the prairie and successfully drove elements of the 7th Cavalry from one set of defensive positions–to another set; the “ultimate weapon” doesn’t always work. During World War Two artificial firestorms swept Dresden and Tokyo and other cities–set by non-nuclear means. Fire was the killer and primary cause of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Tower 7 collapse (though impact damage was a factor). Note that Dresden, Tokyo and New York City had all been “fireproofed” before their disasters. Fire was a constant city dweller hazard.

    Underestimate fire at your peril.

    • Gail Combs says:

      I have no trees near my house for that reason. Forest fires are a problem here in the south.

      • au1corsair says:

        The certainly were in 1965! I was an Air Force brat living off-base near Biloxi. The woods caught fire one day and we would have evacuated if the fires hadn’t blocked all of the roads. It was impressive! More impressive than the hurricane I slept through.

        • Gail Combs says:

          I caught a fire just as it started in the outback area of Fort Jackson in 1972. That area is nothing but pine. I drove into a restricted area and reported it while a machine gun was aimed at my head. They checked it out and then let me go.

  4. raylinsutter says:

    I live in a valley and there’s a forest fire going on right now outside in the canyon near me. It is really smokey outside but there’s no need to run. I live miles from it. Anyways, I heard that the mayor of the town that had the fire was going to call in a trauma scene bio services. Hopefully, they will be able to help them restore the place to its natural beauty. I love these mountains that I live in but fires are more risky here for some reason.

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