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SERCH: Fire Weather Intelligence Portal expanded to cover the Southeast

According to the latest Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) newsletter, the Fire Weather Intelligence Portal has been expanded from North Carolina to cover the entire Southeast. You can check it out at  You can also check out the SERCH newsletter at
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Florida’ timber losses from Irma equal about five annual timber harvests

Here’s an astounding fact on timber losses in Florida due to Hurricane Irma from David Zierden on Twitter, passed on from the Florida Forest Service: the amount totalled $1.633Billion, equal to about five of Florida’s annual timber harvests. I have not seen similar loss estimates for Georgia or South Carolina…
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“Why the West is burning”

Outside magazine has an excellent article describing the causes of the forest fires which are currently covering wide swaths of the western United States. The biggest culprit is the continuing drought which has affected parts of the region this year.  The wet winter may have also been a factor, since…
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