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Hawaii Fires Fueled by Invasive Alien Grasses on Abandoned Farmland

 
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Hawaii Fires Fueled by Invasive Alien Grasses on Abandoned Farmland
Hawaii Fires Fueled by Invasive Alien Grasses on Abandoned Farmland

The devastating wildfires that have scorched Hawaii and destroyed much of the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui have been fueled by invasive alien grassland species that have grown on abandoned farms that used to cultivate pineapple and other crops.


The grasses, which grow faster after rainy winters, create fuel for fires and are the biggest factor in turning Hawaii from a place where wildfires are uncommon to one in which they are increasingly considered a familiar risk, much as in mainland California.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday:

The uptick, fire experts say, is largely driven by a major shift in land use on the islands, specifically the abandonment of tens of thousands of acres of pineapple and sugar cane fields that have opened the door to highly combustible nonnative grasses.



Unlike California and other mainland states in the West, Hawaii has not seen a lot of wildfire historically and its ecosystems evolved without it. Since the 1990s, though, the number of fires has been increasing alongside growth of invasive grasses, such as guinea grass, and shrubs on what were once sprawling plantations. The University of Hawaii’s Ecosystem Extension Program cites a more than threefold increase in burned acreage in recent decades, compared with the last century’s average.



“You pull agriculture off the land (and) it fills in with burnable fuels, and no one is doing anything about that,” [wildfire expert Clay] Trauernicht said.

[b]The Chronicle adds that higher temperatures and cycles of drought and rain, which some associate with climate change, have also contributed to the problem.


you mean weather patterns????


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Last Edited by Coastie Patriot on 08/11/2023 11:31 AM
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Hawaii Fires Fueled by Invasive Alien Grasses on Abandoned Farmland

The devastating wildfires that have scorched Hawaii and destroyed much of the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui have been fueled by invasive alien grassland species that have grown on abandoned farms that used to cultivate pineapple and other crops.


The grasses, which grow faster after rainy winters, create fuel for fires and are the biggest factor in turning Hawaii from a place where wildfires are uncommon to one in which they are increasingly considered a familiar risk, much as in mainland California.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday:

The uptick, fire experts say, is largely driven by a major shift in land use on the islands, specifically the abandonment of tens of thousands of acres of pineapple and sugar cane fields that have opened the door to highly combustible nonnative grasses.



Unlike California and other mainland states in the West, Hawaii has not seen a lot of wildfire historically and its ecosystems evolved without it. Since the 1990s, though, the number of fires has been increasing alongside growth of invasive grasses, such as guinea grass, and shrubs on what were once sprawling plantations. The University of Hawaii’s Ecosystem Extension Program cites a more than threefold increase in burned acreage in recent decades, compared with the last century’s average.



“You pull agriculture off the land (and) it fills in with burnable fuels, and no one is doing anything about that,” [wildfire expert Clay] Trauernicht said.

[b]The Chronicle adds that higher temperatures and cycles of drought and rain, which some associate with climate change, have also contributed to the problem.


you mean weather patterns????




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 Quoting: Coastie Patriot




As in California, however, where environmentalists and courts have thwarted efforts to manage forests by removing potential fuel for wildfires, poor management of vegetation on former farmland is a major factor in the recent emergence of devastating wildfires.
Coastie Patriot
SIC SEMPER TYRRANIS

THE SAME PEOPLE WHO SAID NO GUNS BECAUSE OF POLICE NOW WANT TO DEFUND THE POLICE!!!!

Dr Thaddeus They
They don't really care whether the truth gets out, because the public no longer knows what's meant by "the truth."

Well, I mean, no one can tell the difference anymore between what's real and what's fake.

Anyway, the point is, I can tell you all of this, right out in the open, because it doesn't matter who knows about it. They won't know whether to believe it or not.-
X Files: Lost art of Forehead Sweat

A gun is a tool, Marion, no better or no worse than any other tool, an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.
-SHANE-

Jefferson Smith: You see, boys forget what their country means by just reading The Land of the Free in history books. Then they get to be men they forget even more. Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't, I can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow up remembering that . - MR Smith Goes To Washington-

to grow up remembering th

My oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic has no expiration date!!!

Ten Bears : It's sad that governments are chiefed by the double tongues. There is iron in your words of death for all Comanche to see and so there is iron in your words of life. No signed paper can hold the iron. It must come from men. Outlaw Josey Wales
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Re: Hawaii Fires Fueled by Invasive Alien Grasses on Abandoned Farmland
Let me guess Chinese grass
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i dunno man some grasses may be offended by that story.
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Let me guess Chinese grass
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Probaly Medusahead. Its the tare grass of the Bible. It grows fast and is inedible to animals. It makes these prickly porcupine like seeds. Then it forces itself to die and turn brown early in July despite abundant moisture and cover the ground so nothing else grows. It takes up millions of acres where it gets hold
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Hawaii Fires Fueled by Invasive Alien Grasses on Abandoned Farmland

The devastating wildfires that have scorched Hawaii and destroyed much of the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui have been fueled by invasive alien grassland species that have grown on abandoned farms that used to cultivate pineapple and other crops.


The grasses, which grow faster after rainy winters, create fuel for fires and are the biggest factor in turning Hawaii from a place where wildfires are uncommon to one in which they are increasingly considered a familiar risk, much as in mainland California.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday:

The uptick, fire experts say, is largely driven by a major shift in land use on the islands, specifically the abandonment of tens of thousands of acres of pineapple and sugar cane fields that have opened the door to highly combustible nonnative grasses.



Unlike California and other mainland states in the West, Hawaii has not seen a lot of wildfire historically and its ecosystems evolved without it. Since the 1990s, though, the number of fires has been increasing alongside growth of invasive grasses, such as guinea grass, and shrubs on what were once sprawling plantations. The University of Hawaii’s Ecosystem Extension Program cites a more than threefold increase in burned acreage in recent decades, compared with the last century’s average.



“You pull agriculture off the land (and) it fills in with burnable fuels, and no one is doing anything about that,” [wildfire expert Clay] Trauernicht said.

[b]The Chronicle adds that higher temperatures and cycles of drought and rain, which some associate with climate change, have also contributed to the problem.


you mean weather patterns????


[link to www.breitbart.com (secure)]


White House: ‘All’ Big Storms ‘We Continue to See Are Definitely Caused’ by Warming, Might Declare enviro emergency

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 Quoting: Coastie Patriot


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Re: Hawaii Fires Fueled by Invasive Alien Grasses on Abandoned Farmland
it's invasive, but a grass didn't 'cause' the fire...
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it's invasive, but a grass didn't 'cause' the fire...
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hesright
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it's invasive, but a grass didn't 'cause' the fire...
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hesright
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well of course, have heard many things about environmentalists startign the fires to claim it on Global Warming
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Hawaii Fires Fueled by Invasive Alien Grasses on Abandoned Farmland

The devastating wildfires that have scorched Hawaii and destroyed much of the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui have been fueled by invasive alien grassland species that have grown on abandoned farms that used to cultivate pineapple and other crops.


The grasses, which grow faster after rainy winters, create fuel for fires and are the biggest factor in turning Hawaii from a place where wildfires are uncommon to one in which they are increasingly considered a familiar risk, much as in mainland California.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday:

The uptick, fire experts say, is largely driven by a major shift in land use on the islands, specifically the abandonment of tens of thousands of acres of pineapple and sugar cane fields that have opened the door to highly combustible nonnative grasses.



Unlike California and other mainland states in the West, Hawaii has not seen a lot of wildfire historically and its ecosystems evolved without it. Since the 1990s, though, the number of fires has been increasing alongside growth of invasive grasses, such as guinea grass, and shrubs on what were once sprawling plantations. The University of Hawaii’s Ecosystem Extension Program cites a more than threefold increase in burned acreage in recent decades, compared with the last century’s average.



“You pull agriculture off the land (and) it fills in with burnable fuels, and no one is doing anything about that,” [wildfire expert Clay] Trauernicht said.

[b]The Chronicle adds that higher temperatures and cycles of drought and rain, which some associate with climate change, have also contributed to the problem.


you mean weather patterns????


[link to www.breitbart.com (secure)]


White House: ‘All’ Big Storms ‘We Continue to See Are Definitely Caused’ by Warming, Might Declare enviro emergency

[link to www.breitbart.com (secure)]
 Quoting: Coastie Patriot



I thought it was the hurricane winds 🤣
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Re: Hawaii Fires Fueled by Invasive Alien Grasses on Abandoned Farmland
Sorry bro
But I’m surrounded by wild land fire fighters
Dudes who jumped outta planes for 20 years fighting the worst fires in the world

Grass has nothing to do with it Sherlock

Try again





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