Climate Change May Lead to More Wildfires
Friday, November 17, 2006
The fire ecologists say they're worried that climate change will increase the number of large fires. Melanie Miller is a fire ecologist with the Bureau of Land Management in Montana. Miller says a predicted rise in global temperatures will spur severe fire weather and longer wildfire seasons.
Melanie Miller: The consensus is that climate will be changing and that the future conditions will be more conducive to wildland fire and that there will be conceivably more acreage burning with potentially more severe effects because it'll be drier when the fires are occurring.
Miller says the fire scientists want climate change included in any long-range land management planning. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.