By Nancy Thorner -
As of Sept. 13, 2020, fires have been raging in Oregon, California and Washington for three weeks, burning millions of acres of land and destroying thousands of homes.
Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes. According to officials, the fires have now scorched an area of land the size of New Jersey.
In Oregon, where firefighters are battling 16 large blazes, 40,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders. Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) says the fires have killed 10 people, but officials warn the final death toll could be much higher.
In Washington state, firefighters are tackling 15 large fires. A one-year-old boy died as his family tried to escape a blaze. His parents remain in critical condition.
As for CA, Governor Gavin Newsom told reporters on Friday, September 11th when inspecting damage from a fire near Oroville in Northern CA: “This is a climate damn emergency. This is real and it's happening.”
The North Complex Fire has been burning since August 18 and is among the deadliest in history. Twelve bodies have been found so far, with people still missing.
California has seen at least 22 deaths in total from fires since 15 August. Tens of thousands of people are under evacuation orders; 14,800 firefighters continue to combat 28 major fires in the state.
Smoke turns skies orange
“City Hall is seen under a sky glowing orange due to smoke from the wildfires. The sun did come up on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020 meteorologists confirmed, but it kept largely to itself, on the other side of the thick blanket of smoke, fog, haze and muck. Headlights and porch lights stayed on all day. Flashlights came out at high noon. The orange dimness confused almost everyone and everything — from the Bay Lights display on the Bay Bridge, which is supposed to turn off a half hour after sunrise, to pets acting unusually standoffish to folks who spied the early-morning darkness, figured their alarm clocks were wrong, and rolled over and went back to sleep.
Hours after sunrise, dawn remained something of an oversight. At high noon, the heavens grew darker instead of lighter.
Trump and Newsom agree to disagree
President Donald Trump has long stressed
poor fire-control measures as the main cause of the latest blazes. “You've got to clean your forests – there are many, many years of leaves and broken trees and they're… so flammable.
As to Newsom's request to Trump about agreeing to disagree, Trump replied, "Absolutely." However, moments later when California secretary of natural resources Wade Crowfoot insisted to Trump that “we want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate,” Trump said, “It will start getting cooler, you just watch!”
Newsom did concede that Trump was right to blame dry leaves and logs on the forest floor for contributing to raging fires saying: “There’s no question, when you look past this decade for almost 1000-plus years we have not done justice on our forest management.”
And where was Biden? Biden used Monday, September 14 to rip President Trump as a “climate arsonist” in a speech
from Delaware in which he laid out his $2 trillion Green New Deal agenda
for America’s future, touting renewable energy jobs, electric vehicles and energy-efficient homes.
Using the forest fires as a political issue, Biden blamed Trump from failing to protect us from the pandemic, from an economic free fall, from racial unrest, and the ravages of climate change.
Predictions come true
Climate scientists did forecast that western wildfires would grow larger in size, scale and impact. Their predictions are coming to fruition faster than expected.
, an experienced forester with a PhD in environmental science, told the Daily Caller News Foundation
on Sunday, September 13 how he predicted an uptick in blazes 30 years ago, but states are still ignoring it.
Shortly after Clinton signed a slate of rules in the mido-1990s that drastically reduced logging and road creation of federal lands, Zybach warned of potential disastrous wildfires. Argues Zybach, the former president's decision created "a ticking time bomb."
A twitter account by Katie Daviscourt tracked some of the fires and a recent series of events from the area(s) [ SEE HERE
]. People have been caught, captured or filmed in the act of lighting fires. There is some speculation, and some evidence, that some of these fires may have been ignited by Antifa activists as a method of further creating crisis in the region.
While the FBI is saying there is no evidence
Antifa or Joe Biden’s far-left base of support are behind the fires, given the internal dynamic within the FBI, accepting that the FBI carries a political agenda, and considering that the facts on the ground
do not support the denials, can we be reassured by the downplaying of motive by the FBI?
is of an Oregon bystander taking videos of people in hoods setting fires in the woods.
The Climate Science of Global Warming
“Scientific evidence reveals there has been no climate effect regards California’s wildfires! None! The data below proves it beyond all doubt. There is no denying that warmer temperatures can cause drier fuels and promote larger fires. But that fact is being misapplied to all wildfires.
About 70% of California’s 2020 burnt areas have been in grasslands and dead grass is so dry by the end of California’s annual summer drought that dead grasses are totally insensitive to any added warmth from climate change. Dead grasses only require a few hours of warm dry conditions to become highly flammable. It’s fire weather not climate change that is critical.
Furthermore, the century trends in local temperatures where California’s biggest fires have occurred reveal no connection to climate change. In most cases the local maximum temperatures have been cooler now than during the 1930s. Those cooler temperatures should reduce the fire danger."
According to Mr. Stelle, “Newsom is either ignoring or distorting the scientific evidence, is totally stupid, or is a dishonest demagogue.”
1) The August 2013 Rim Fire
centered around Yosemite National Park, was California’s 5th largest fire.
2) The November 2018 Camp Fire
was California’s deadliest fire destroying the town of Paradise. It was also its 16th largest fire.
4) In the October 2017 wine country
fires, the Tubbs Fire
was the 4th deadliest. It only burned 37,000 acres but high winds drove embers into the dwellings of the heavily populated outskirts of Santa Rosa.”
Said Steele: “Governor Newsom has ignored the data to hijack the tragedy of California’s fires to push his climate change agenda.”
Stelle also related how Newsom is not alone in either ignoring or distorting the scientific evidence, for this is what believer of climate change do.
According to Mr. Steele: “There are climate scientists pushing catastrophes by ignoring the local maximum temperature trends. Bad analyses promote bad policies and obscure what needs to be done regards fuel management and creating defensible spaces in fire prone California (and other western states)."