A Warming Planet Makes Northeastern Forests More Susceptible to Western-Style Wildfires

Inside Climate News discusses how A Warming Planet Makes Northeastern Forests More Susceptible to Western-Style Wildfires“It’s easy in the Northeast to think that we don’t have anything to worry about, but it’s important for us to remember that these things can happen here.”

In April 2019, 11,000 acres of the New Jersey Pine Barrens burned after dry and windy conditions turned a seemingly innocent bonfire into an inferno.

The fire, which spewed clouds of orange-tinged smoke so far north that New Yorkers could smell it, sent a powerful reminder of the ecosystem’s vulnerability in a warming world—a reality with which many in the Northeast are newly coming to terms. The Pinelands National Reserve, as its website notes, is “the largest forested area on the Eastern Seaboard between Maine and the Florida Everglades.”

In September, many East Coast residents found themselves shocked by milky skies looming overhead after rampant West Coast fires blew smoke thousands of miles across the country.

The smoke remained at an altitude of 10,000 to 20,000 feet, keeping those on the ground safe from the particulate pollution suffered by West Coast residents—for the time being.

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