Climate change is one of the major causes of wildfires in Yosemite National Park in California.
Mariposa, California – The Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California is currently experiencing a wildfire.
The ongoing Washington fire spread to more than 2,000 acres, with more than 500 firefighters deployed. The fire is located in the southern corner of the park, with some large and ancient Sequoia trees.
As of this writing, the south entrance of the park is closed but the rest of the park’s entrance remains open.
A spray gun has been installed in the forest to protect the Sequoia. The sprinklers clear the ground around the trees and prevent the fire. The traditional method of protecting the trees from the fire has not yet been sealed. The famous Galen Clark cabinet is wrapped in protective foil.
The fire is so intense that it creates its own weather system; Create strong improvements to lift debris into the air.
Sekoias is known for its fire resistance, but this is beginning to fade. Over a century of increasing fire resistance, drought, and fire resistance, they began to succumb to wildfires due to increasing vegetation; The last two were aggravated by climate change.
Over the past two years, about one-fifth of the 75,000 large sequoia have been destroyed by wildfires.
How wildfires affect climate change
In California, fires last from late June to late autumn. As the planet warms, we can expect wildfires to occur throughout the year. The average fire season is three and a half times longer than it was a decade ago. The number of large fires a year has tripled and over time it burns twice as many acres.
Extreme heat and drought ignite wildfires, and both conditions affect the planet’s temperature. We can expect warmer temperatures and more drought. This means that there are many chances that wildfires can start and can last for a long time. Extreme weather over the weekend also affected firefighters who were trying to contain the blaze on Thursday.
Warm air removes moisture from the soil. This dry soil makes plants more susceptible to burning. Combined with drought, the soil is drier, so the risk of fire increases. These fires can start human activities such as camps, or when lightning strikes on dry land.
Ice bags also melt a month ago, leaving the ground dry for a long time. This contributes to a longer fire season.
Finally, climate change is affecting climate change. Rainfall can be transferred to other areas, away from areas exposed to wildfires.