Where there’s smoke, there’s fuel aridity.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fuel aridity. And, as evidenced by satellite images there has been no shortage of smoke in Northern and Southern California in the past year. So, what’s fuel aridity and how do we stop it and the fires it helps spark?

In a report titled, “Impact of anthropogenic climate change on wildfire across western US forests,” John Abatzoglou and Park Williams used eight metrics of forest dryness to determine fuel aridity. Several forest fire danger rating systems and drought indices made up the selected components. In layperson’s terms