Scott Pelley did a report last night on 60 Min. that had a very interesting quote at the end. It was made by the man who is :
Tom Boatner, who after 30 years on the fire line, is now the chief of fire operations for the federal government.
Mr. Boater is America's #1 wild land fire fighter, consider this exchange between Scott Pelley, and our #1 fire fighter :
"You know, there are a lot of people who don't believe in climate change," Pelley remarks.
"You won't find them on the fire line in the American West anymore," Tom Boatner says. "'Cause we've had climate change beat into us over the last ten or fifteen years. We know what we're seeing, and we're dealing with a period of climate, in terms of temperature and humidity and drought that's different than anything people have seen in our lifetimes."
Mr. Boater is talking about something that I try to pay attention to , that being what people in the field are saying about how nature is changing as the temperatures go up. Pelley also interviewed Tom Swetnam of the University of Arizona who is one of the world's leading fire ecologists. He is the keeper of the University of Arizona's 9,000 year-old dendrology collection. Mr. Swetnam is talking about the western U.S. losing half of it's forests as these megafires burn at higher, and higher altitudes.
On August 5th I posted a some of the quotes from people who are on the fire lines this year. From this and other countries, we see over and over again this phrase from fire fighters :
"We've never seen this before."
That article is here.