Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Here we go again

 Here is a snapshot of the current map of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) issued by the FAA across the western U.S.:

Almost every one of those red shapes is a major fire burning.  Compare that to a similar snapshot taken two years ago at about this same time of year.

The regularity of these extreme heat and fire events is starting to get really scary.

1 comment:

Luke said...

Have you thoughts on the 2020-08-26 SF Gate article Top scientist knew Big Basin was at risk for a catastrophic fire, cried over it in a 2019 podcast? In particular:

>> Strict guidelines established by the Clean Air Act and enforced by air-quality districts can also prevent burns. “It’s a great thing to protect public health, but it makes it challenging for us to actually implement prescribed fires,” Halbert says.

It seems that nature is not all that inclined to obey the Clean Air Act. Perhaps we shouldn't either, when it comes to prescribed burns?