Wildfires

Wildfires – Bark Beetles Kill More Pines

In California’s Sierra Nevada, western pine beetle infestations amped up by global warming were found to kill 30% more ponderosa pine trees than the beetles do under drought alone. New research shows that warming shortens the time between beetle generations, supercharging beetle population growth. That can then spur catastrophic mortality in forest systems during drought in the Sierra Nevada and throughout the Western United States.

Wildfires – Australia

Two bushfires that burnt through hundreds of hectares and destroyed one home in searing temperatures in Western Australia have been contained. The Chidlow fire is “contained, under control, and stationary” after razing about 165 hectares, however, the burning embers remain concerning. The Margaret River fire is also contained, however, it remains out-of-control within the containment lines. It is moving in a southwesterly direction with about 100 firefighters and a large air tanker at the scene.

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