Warning: the Earth's changing climate will likely have a severe impact on future wildfire events in the U.S.That's the takeaway from a recent NASA article, which backs up this statement with computer modeling and satellite imagery that paint a dire portrait of America's future fire landscape. Wildfires have already burned more than 2.5 million acres in the U.S. this year, and drier climates expected across the nation in coming decades will likely exacerbate the damage associated with these events.
What can we expect as the Earth heats up? According to the article, the country is in store for longer fire seasons, larger areas at risk of wildfire, and more frequent wildfire events.
"A 100,000-acre wildfire used to be unusual, you would see one every few years," Carl Albury, a contractor with the Forest Service, tells NASA. "Those type of fires are becoming a yearly occurrence."
All the more reason, says NFPA, to start preparing your homes and communities for today's wildfire threats before they worsen. Check out the Firewise website for tips on safeguarding homes and property, and watch the NASA video highlighting the new research: