1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

April 26, 2008

:117 Preparing for Fire Season

Filed under: :117 Preparing for Fire Season — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:117 EcoTip: The fire season is quickly approaching. It is time to start preparing.

Credit: FEMA

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 Additional Information

The following is taken from my new book Extreme Weather Hits Home: Protecting Your Buildings from Climate Change: 

At its third annual fire congress in November 2006, the Association for Fire Ecology focused directly on the issue of climate change, stating that global warming is changing fire behavior, creating longer fire seasons, and causing more frequent, large-scale, high-severity wildfires that threaten homes and communities. This means the costs for fire suppression and property loss are also increasing due to climate change. It’s not that the warmer temperatures from climate change are increasing the fires directly. The temperature increases of a degree or two are melting snow earlier and faster each year. Drier soil conditions lead to a greater amount of dehydrated brush resulting in a longer, more intense fire season each year (Westerling).

Addtional fire safety information is available at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071101202302.htm

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