Summer is here, which means fire season has also arrived. Wildfire is a natural and necessary process that ensures forest health, but excessive wildfire can damage ecosystems and impact human lives and property. Over the last century, climate has been the most important factor controlling burned acreage, with hot dry summers (especially when preceded by wet winters) being particularly prone to wildfire. With global climate change bringing increased temperatures, what does the future hold for wildfire on public lands? Follow NPS Fire and Aviation Management on Facebook to see how this summer unfolds.
This is a 2013 photo of the Alder Fire in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Mike Lewelling, National Park Service