GUEST COLUMN: Our historic Rogue climate and wildfires

Rising temperatures bring an increased risk of wildfire.

Bybee Fire Photo by Alan Journet

Alan Journet Rogue Valley Times September 21st 2023

In a recent Our View, we see a discussion of a climate study that adds fuel to an existing fire. It’s always important in such discussions to consider the evidence and the science.

Rogue Valley and West Coast residents are familiar with the rainfall pattern: Every summer our grass turns brown and dries out. Then come the winter rains, and everything revives to a gorgeous green. This pattern has existed here for millennia. Once summer arrives, we can count on dry days and nights producing semi-drought conditions almost annually, conditions that only break when winter rains return.


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