Study: Climate change -- not beetles -- may be catalyst for wildfires

01/29/2013 | Seattle Times, The

After reviewing hundreds of scientific studies, researchers have concluded that dry conditions -- not damage caused by bark beetles -- may be responsible for wildfires in lodgepole pine and spruce forests. "[I]f you look into the long-term ecology of these forests, there is a high fire risk under drought conditions, even when the trees are green and the landscape looks beautiful," said Dominik Kulakowski, assistant professor of geography and biology at Clark University.

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