California Wildfires Trump Wants Progressive Forestry Efforts


Trump talks better and more aggressive Forest Management.  Gov. disagrees.

President Donald Trump pushed for aggressive forest management to combat the wildfires on the West Coast Monday but California Gov. Gavin Newsom told him climate change is real and behind the destructive blazes.

‘There has to be good strong forest management. So hopefully they’ll start doing that,’ Trump said when he landed in Sacramento. He argued forest management could do a lot to help.

Many Democrats, including Califorina Gov. Gavin Newsom, have blamed climate change for the fires.

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History California Wildland fires
As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, downed power lines, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or lava.

According to Verisk’s 2019 Wildfire Risk Analysis 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than 2 million in California alone.

Wildfires by year
2020: From January 1 to September 8, 2020 there were 41,051 wildfires compared with 35,386 wildfires in the same period in 2019, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. About 4.7 million acres were burned in the 2020 period, compared with 4.2 million acres in 2019.

On August 17, a series of lightning strikes started hundreds of fires across Northern California, dubbed the Lightning Complex fires. As of September 8, CalFire reported that 10 wildfires were burning across California. The largest, the SCU Lightning Complex, located in five counties in northern California near San Francisco, had burned about 397,000 acres and was 94 percent contained. To date it is the second largest fire on record in the state and has destroyed 224 residential, commercial and other structures. The LNU Lightning Complex was nearly as large, burning more than 375,000 acres over four counties including Napa and Sonoma. By September 8 it was 91 percent contained. It has destroyed about 1,500 structures. The Creek Fire, ignited on September 4, burned about 144,000 acres by September 8 with no containment noted and 65 structures destroyed. The CZU Lightning fire burned about 86,000 acres in two counties and was 81 percent contained by September 8. In total, over 1 million acres had burned and California was under a state of emergency. About 3,500 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

In early September about 40 large fires were burning in Oregon, California and Washington consuming hundreds of thousands of acres. In Oregon thousands of residents evacuated their homes to escape the flames that scorched more than 230,000 acres. In California fires are burning from the north all the way down to the Mexican border, stretching across approximately 800 miles of landscape. In Washington, more acres had been burned this year than in the past 12 fire seasons. The fires are being fueled by continuing dry conditions.

2019: In 2019 there were 50,477 wildfires compared with 58,083 wildfires in 2018, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). About 4.7 million acres were burned in 2019 while there were 8.8 million acres burned in 2018.

The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County ignited on October 23, and burned about 78,000 acres—an area more than twice the size of the city of San Francisco. According to CalFire, 374 buildings have been destroyed, and 60 more were damaged.

The Getty fire in Los Angeles broke out on October 28, fueled by strong Santa Ana winds, with wind gusts up to 80 miles an hour and burned 745 acres.

In Ventura County, the Maria fire began on October 1 and burned 10,000 acres and destroyed four structures. The Ranch fire, ignited November 3, burned 2,500 acres.

2018: In 2018 there were 58,083 wildfires, compared with 71,499 wildfires in 2017, according to the NIFC. About 8.8 million acres were burned in 2018, compared with 10 million in 2017. The Mendocino Complex Fire broke out on July 27 in Northern California and grew to be the largest fire in state history, with 410,203 acres burned. The Carr Fire, which broke out on July 23 in Northern California, is the eighth most destructive fire in the state’s history. Eight fatalities are attributed to the fire, and 1,614 structures were destroyed. Loss estimates are not yet available from the Property Claims Services (PCS) unit of ISO. The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) estimates that insured losses from the Carr Fire totaled between $1 billion and $1.5 billion in dollars when it occurred.  Continue here