With the global climate warming up fast drastically, the level of moisture and precipitation is changing and resultantly, the dry areas experiencing more number of droughts and wet areas experiencing more number of rainfall.
Aforetime spring snowmelt and higher summer and spring temperatures are causing soils to remain drier for longer periods, increasing the likelihood of drought and longer time periods. This, in turn, will increase the possibility of longer wildfire seasons and droughts, especially in western region of the United States.
These torrid conditions are further increasing the likelihood that the wildfires will become more intense since they were triggered by anthropogenic factors or lightning strikes. The loss associated with wildfires, related to human health, financial damage, property damage are catastrophic and we must understand the fact that this phenomena is expected to increase if we do not address the perils of wildfires and stop those activities which, can further lead to global warming and climate change.
The Occurrence of Wildfires is Rising Rapidly
Considering the picture of the western United States, the rate of wildfires have increased in duration and frequency since the period of mid-1980s. As per the records, during the period of 1986-2003, the frequency of wildfires have increased by around 4 times, lasted for almost 5 times the duration and burned almost 6 times the total land area as compared to the period of 1970-1986. Thus, the conclusion can be drawn by observing this instance that, crucial anthropogenic activities including fire exclusion and change in use of land along with natural climatic cycles have profoundly influenced the occurrence of wildfires.
Wildfire Safety and Prevention
One of the major anthropogenic activities including greenhouse gas emissions have soared up the global temperatures as a result of which, the climate is changing fast. This in turn, has led to a major rise in the severity and frequency level of wildfire. So, now the next immediate question that will strike your mind is; how to combat this severe threat against our survival? Well, environmentalists has initiated a series of fire safety efforts including; developing buffer zones between susceptible forests and human habitation, setting effective fire safety standards. Putting these measures into effect by keeping our forests, health and homes safe will aid in decreasing the impact of climate on environment. While emphasizing more on the strategy to global warming prevention for mitigating the risks related to wildfire, here we would like to list out some viable solutions.. Incorporating latest tech innovations and scientific refinements in varied sections of the program including wildfire prediction and mapping, fireproofing, public awareness and fire safety, thereby ensuring that all the fire and forest management practices are being implemented effectively.
. Incorporating latest tech innovations and scientific refinements in varied sections of the program including wildfire prediction and mapping, fireproofing, public awareness and fire safety, thereby ensuring that all the fire and forest management practices are being implemented effectively.
. Incorporating a set of zoning policies and development patterns for minimizing the exposure to wildlife risks has been considered to be of great help. Limiting the extent of building homes in risk-prone zones, incentivizing fire-proofing measures by homeowners and local communities, reflecting actual wildlife risks in the insurance premiums are some of the initiatives which, if implemented properly, can help us to mitigate the risks related to wildfires in a substantial note.
Starting from our wildlife, natural resources to our environment, wildfires is undoubtedly one of the major stimulants of massive environmental damage indeed. With the gradual rise in temperature, implementation of effective measures and development strategies has been immensely important in combating against this state of severe turbulence.