U.S. Forest Service admits Climate Change Miscalculations in New Mexico Fire

Thursday, June 23, 2022
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Climate Change As an Excuse for a USFS Controlled Burn in Carson National Forest‚ New Mexico

Despite the blatant disregard for public safety‚ the USFS is still going ahead with a planned controlled burn in the Carson National Forest. The burning occurred on a red flag day and the winds were extremely strong‚ conditions that are not uncommon in higher elevation areas of New Mexico. Yet the USFS is using the climate change excuse to cover up their mistakes. The Forest Service is blaming climate change when they should be taking steps to protect public safety‚ and even in the process‚ they are making a huge mistake.

According to the Forest Service‚ U.S. Forest Service workers made several errors when they planned a controlled fire to lower the risk of wildfires‚ which was done earlier in the year. A report from the agency released Tuesday. The result was that the fire erupted into one of the most destructive wildfires in state history: their home. Carson Hot Shots Tyler Freeman tries to prevent a log that is burning from falling down a slope. Tyler and his team are working on hot spots in the Calf Canyon/Hermits peak Fire in Carson National Forest west from Chacon‚ N.M. In the introduction to the report‚ Chief Forest Service Officer Randy Moore stated that climate change has created conditions we've never seen before. These conditions lead to wildfires that are more intense and frequent. We are finding it increasingly difficult to control destructive fires using prescribed fire because of weather conditions‚ drought‚ and extreme weather. A pile of dangerous logs was burned underground in New Mexico this spring. It started in January and lasted for several months. The fire continued through numerous snowstorms‚ freezing temperatures‚ and finally resurfaced as a wildfire. This type of thing was almost unheard-of until recent years‚ despite the Forest Service's century of experience in managing these types of landscapes. Many forests in the United States have grown overgrown over the years‚ despite decades of effective firefighting tactics to prevent wildfires from reaching population centers. This has increased the demand for prescribed burning‚ which thins overgrowth and lowers the chance of fire spreading beyond control. The report stated that prescribed fire has been responsible for an average 51% percent of reductions in hazardous fuels over the last 12 years. This is an average annual average of 1.4million acres. The Forest Service will need to set up prescribed fires annually on 2.5 million to 4‚000‚000 acres to meet the IIJA's objectives. According to the report‚ there was a backlog of prescribed burns due to Department of Interior furloughs that occurred during the government shutdown of 2018-2019. This created a feeling of urgency for projects to be completed. On a property that was almost completely destroyed in the Calf Canyon Fire/Hermits Peak Fire‚ June 2‚ near Las Vegas (New Mexico)‚ a vehicle and structure are standing. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) New Mexico's prescribed fire took a surprising turn after it was ignited in April.

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After declaring that the test fire was a success‚ several spot fires began to spread outside of containment lines. There were no resources and water available to control them. The Washington Post reported. Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire was the biggest fire this year‚ having burned 533 sq miles as of Tuesday. According to the National Interagency Fire Center‚ the area that was burned this year‚ 5‚000 sq. miles‚ is nearly twice the average national fire for this time of the season. Climate change is a major factor in warming temperatures. Experts also believe that it has significant impacts on the water cycle. This contributed to the New Mexico fire. The report also stated that the season snowpack had been significantly reduced‚ with less precipitation than normal. It did not begin until January‚ and then it abruptly melted away much sooner than the average. According to the report‚ The Forest Service must incorporate climate change more efficiently into its planning. Moore stated that fires outpace our models. He also concluded that we must better understand the effects of megadrought on our ground actions‚ and how climate change is affecting them.

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