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American West Forest Fires
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Drought and Fires
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Drought and Fires: Umatilla National Forest, Washington State, 2006
These photographs were shot in the Umatilla National Forest in Washington State. The fire burned more than 100,000 acres. In August 2006, the peer-reviewed journal Science published two articles that clearly linked increased fires in the American West with global warming and suggested that this could be a worldwide problem. These articles made two salient points: 1.) Higher spring and summer temperatures and earlier snowmelt are extending the wildfire season and increasing the intensity of wildfires. 2.) More fires mean more carbon in the atmosphere, which means warmer temperatures, meaning more fires.

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