It is two days before this paper is due to be posted (Sun 8/13) and I need to add a brief paragraph to this summary. As of this morning, 93 people have died in the Hawaiian wildfires (99 just before posting on 8/15), making this the deadliest US wildfire in more than 100 years. If any of my good readers know someone that is influential in Hawaiian wildfire management, they might forward this PDF or link to them. Also, I believe they can benefit from my state’s (California’s) experience in this field, and will send this to some contacts I have in our state government with some suggestions.
It is a no-brainer that the two subjects of this post are strongly related to each other.
A warmer atmosphere will make droughts worse and vegetation dryer. These by themselves will make wildfires worse. But the whole story is much more complex, and worse-still.