NASA's red alert on fire risk and climate change
"Fire seasons are getting longer, western regions are getting drier, and more people are living closer to fire-prone areas."
That's the word from Don Smurthwaite, spokesperson with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Smurthwaite is quoted in a NASA article published this week that accompanies a newly released animation which alarmingly shows how the risk of fire may increase in North America as the climate warms up and the environment becomes ever drier.
Read on for more about the animation and NASA's efforts to monitor fires around the globe.
August 10, 2013 4:51 PM PDT
Photo by: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
| Caption by: Edward Moyer
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