Nov 9, 2015

Fire chiefs, White House see climate change impact on wildfires

California
Idaho
Washington
Oregon
USA
by
Michael Doyle
,
McClatchyDC
A United States Forest Service Cobra helicopter flies over the burn-out operation along McKenzie Ridge Saturday, September 19, 2015 near Kings Canyon National Park, Calif. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA
A United States Forest Service Cobra helicopter flies over the burn-out operation along McKenzie Ridge Saturday, September 19, 2015 near Kings Canyon National Park, Calif. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA

Fire chiefs from California, Idaho, Washington and other vulnerable states reinforced on Monday the Obama administration’s campaign against climate change...“You can’t point to climate change and say there’s a direct impact on any one fire, but across the board it’s changing weather patterns,” said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “You have more drought persisting in areas, and all of that leads to drier vegetation and ultimately fires that burn more aggressively.”