Friday, November 16, 2018

A Tree Burns in California, now what?

Forget the debate between Climate Change and Tree Forest Mismanagement when discussing the future of California Fire Safety issues, and lets focus on what never gets reported.

California Weather forecasters need to start reporting about how moist or dry our trees are. Sometimes we focus only on what we know and forget what we are not being told about. When I watch a local TV weather forecast the segment may go on for one to two minutes, but have I learned what matters most?

I am told if there is snow in the local mountains during the winter season, overnight temperatures, wind patterners and speeds, humidity, 7 day forecast, the daily highs and lows, but one thing that has yet to be mentioned is how dry or moist are out trees.

The average tree can have as much as 50% to 75% moisture during the rainy season. By the time Summer has arrived and gone the moisture in a California tree can drop well below 50%. 

A moist tree won't burn as quickly as a dry tree, won't spread a fire as quickly via flying embers, and won't ignore as easily. Keeping tabs on how moist or dry our trees are in California will raise perpetual awareness about fire issues, climate change, and tree forest management.

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