A) There has been no global warming over the last 15 years. B) The number of wildfires has dropped dramatically since 2011.
Via Fox News:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pleading for more spending on fire prevention as his home state of Nevada endures widespread wildfires, and says “climate change” is to blame for the devastating blazes.
“The West is burning,” Reid said Wednesday.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada Democrat said the conditions that help the fires spread are fueled by climate change.
“Why are we having them? Because we have climate change. Things are different. The forests are drier, the winters are shorter, and we have these terrible fires all over the West,” he said.
The biggest fire in the area, in Elko County, was sparked by lightning. Reid, though, argues that drier conditions keep them burning longer than they used to.
The data on the subject is mixed. Those who point to climate change as the culprit say the fires are bigger than they used to be.
The Review-Journal, though, reported that National Interagency Fire Center stats show the actual number of wildfires has been on the decline — from 40,736 wildfires this time in 2011 to 25,370 in July 2013.
The biggest fire, the lightning-sparked Cattle Guard fire, has burned an estimated 2,500 acres near Owyhee, mostly on reservation land. No structures are threated. Full containment is expected by Thursday.