‘‘I think it’s inevitable,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re going to have to accept defeat when we’re defeated.’’
As residents across the West learn to cope, scientists point to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2007 predicted that warmer summer temperatures were expected to increase fire risk.
Six years later, ‘‘we keep seeing more and more amazing fire dynamics,’’ the University of Montana’s Running said. ‘‘And there’s just no reason to believe overall that this is going to go back ... We better be ready for more of it.’’
National Interagency Fire Center: http://www.nifc.gov
Draft National Climate Assessment: http://ncadac.globalchange.gov
Arizona State Climate office: http://azclimate.asu.edu/index.php
Borenstein reported from Washington and can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbears . Follow Alicia Chang at http://twitter.com/SciWriAlicia .