Wildfire


| 6/4/2019 10:29:00 AM


 

Just the word "wildfire" congers up fear and dread in those of us who live outside of cities in rural environments. We prepare as best we can with the numerous resources available to us but until we or someone we know goes through a wildfire we can only assume what it is like. Having gone through a wildfire one time gives us some of the experience on how to be more prepared for another wildfire. We are almost one year post wildfire (Spring Wildfire) that burned 106,040 acres. But what about after the wildfire? That is the subject of this blog.

Trees

I recall the benefit of trees from what I was taught in grade school. Trees are a renewable resource and they remove carbon dioxide from the environment and turn it into oxygen. They are used to make paper products, lumber for building and most of all they take in carbon dioxide (CO2) and emit oxygen (O2). Trees are essential to our very lives. I don't know if they still teach about trees in grade school today but if not, they should in my opinion as young people need to learn respect for trees.

What Do Trees Actually Do?



Perhaps the most important function trees accomplish is the absorption of CO2 and making O2. A mature tree can absorb 48 pounds of CO2 per year and produce 260 pounds of O2 per year. An acre of trees can produce enough O2 to be a sufficient amount for 18 people. With 160,040 acres of mostly forested land destroyed it would be a staggering loss of O2 producing trees. I’m not particularly skilled in mathematics but I figure that one single wildfire created a huge loss of CO2 being removed from the atmosphere and also the production loss of O2 capability.



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