This is not going to save homes the dead forest needs to burn and nature will take care of that let’s focus on saving homes.
Spend more wild fire resources to defend old California communities and add a proactive program that sprays better fire break chemistry with ground vehicles on and around homes before the fire gets into the communities. Not Phos-chek we need to spray safer cleaner chemistry that defends when dry with no clean up. Mighty Fire Breaker with UL GreenGuard Gold Listed Safe.
California has 149 million dead trees ready to ignite like a matchbook
18 million trees died just last year. That poses a huge fire and injury hazard. California has just emerged from two back-to-back years of record-setting wildfires, including the Camp Fire, the state’s single most deadly and destructive blaze on record, which killed at least 86 people in October 2018. On Monday, the state received a fresh warning sign of why the risks of massive, devastating blazes like it are growing.
According to the US Forest Service’s latest aerial survey of federal, state, and private land in California, 18 million trees throughout the state died in 2018, bringing the state’s total number of dead trees to more than 147 million. The concern is these trees could be matchsticks for another conflagration, or that the decaying timber could maim a hiker, a ranger, or a firefighter.
The 2018 results actually represent a decrease in tree deaths compared to 2017 and 2016. But they’re still far above what’s considered typical. “Normal background levels of tree mortality for California, what we would typically see through both insects and diseases, is well less than a million trees per year,” said Sheri Smith, a regional entomologist at the US Forest Service.
So why are so many Ponderosa pines, Douglas firs, and quaking aspen in California’s forests dying? There’s no single reason — but the combination of years of drought, extreme heat, and bark beetle infestations are causing trees to splinter and wither. You can see how this wave of tree deaths has spread since 2014 through private, state, and national forests in California in this GIF:
In 1988, fires burned a mosaic covering 1.1 million acres in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as a result of extremely warm, dry, and windy weather combined with an extensive, highly flammable forest cover.
In the first years after a major fire, new vistas appear while the lush growth of new, young trees emerges from the burned ground. Today, decades after the 1988 fires, those young trees are renewed forests, once again filling in vistas. Some visitors still feel the Yellowstone they knew and loved is gone forever. But Yellowstone is not a museum—it is a functioning ecosystem in which fire plays a vital role.
An open pine cone with red-glowing center and charred edges Trees in Greater Yellowstone are adapted to fire. This serotinous cone from a lodgepole pine tree was opened by fire, allowing it to release its seeds.