As the current drought progresses, Governor Brown continues to bring up the threat of wild fires, claiming they are increasing in frequency and intensity as the drought progresses. Lets look at some Wildfire Activity Statistics, developed by the CA Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
While it is true that from 2010 to 2013 the number of fires increased, but if you look at the larger picture, we can see there were far more fires before the current drought stated. The validity of the Governor claim depends on the beginning and end points he selected for his argument. What about the intensity claim?
Again, as you can see there were more acres burned before the drought started. The Governor is factual if he picks a starting point of 2010.
After looking at the numbers with more fires and more acres burned form 2004 to 2008, which are years not part of the current drought, one has to conclude the Governor is not being square with the people of California.
Supervisor Beason recently attended meeting concerned with the increased frequency and intensity of wildfires in rural regions. I wonder if Supervisor Beason was presented the full range of statistics or, was he just presented the scary statistics from 2010 to 2014, years associated with the current drought?