That’s interesting

The World’s Coldest Inhabited Place Is Burning Because of ‘Zombie Fires’

So we can rule out heatwaves as a cause of wildfires then, yes?

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  1. Zombie fires is a new one.
    This is actually quite common. There was one burning in Epping Forest for a couple months, a few years back. Soils contain a lot of carbon. Some, so much, they’re readily inflammable. The one in Epping probably started with a lightening strike. Or kids playing with matches or a careless cigarette. So you had burning on the surface. That went out or was put out. But it had got the soil burning underneath it & that’s very difficult to extinguish without digging it all out or an enormous amount of water to flood it. So it smoulders. One I saw was around 100 ft in diameter. You could feel the ground warm & a smell of burning. But very little smoke. I think it was the autumn rains put it out, eventually.
    So perfectly normal & absolutely nothing to do with climate change. Grassfires are natural occurrences. They’re part of the natural cycle of the steppes. Some of them get the subsurface soil burning. If the winter snows don’t put it out, you can guarantee the spring thaw will

  2. Y’know, there must be some natural occurrence that some journalist or so-called scientist won’t blame on man made climate change, but for the life of me I can’t think what it could be. Any suggestions? Dust storms on Mars? I’m sure they’d blame Curiosity. Jupiter’s red spot?

  3. When it’s a coal seam it can burn for decades and there is no practical way to put it out. /seemingly the greens count it as man-caused no matter what. It’s a lot of CO2 on a global scale.

  4. Dunno about heatwaves, but actual global warming would put those things out..

    The reason permafrost keeps burning is that the heat has all the time to melt the ice and evaporate the water on the edges deep down before stuff ignites.
    If there was proper warming instead of a couple of weeks of statistical aberration the whole place would turn into a soggy swamp where you couldn’t light a fire even if you doused the place in napalm.

    But then the Greenies would complain about the massive amount of methane the area would produce… You can’t win…

  5. Well yes Grikath. Oz is a lot hotter than Siberia, and I’ve never heard of zombie fires here. Except for the coal seams of course Rhoda.

  6. Just back from northern part of the Yukon and -40’s temperatures, would have loved a nice zombie fire.
    Everything built on blocks as heat from buildings could melt the permafrost and cause subsidence, as it was place I stayed had a noticeable slant. The ‘kissing buildings’ in Dawson are an example of what happened before they realised this

  7. “But then the Greenies would complain about the massive amount of methane the area would produce…”

    Don’t think so. They are really keen on restoring peat bogs in the UK – they get away with it by not mentioning the increased methane production. I wonder how many CFEs* are produced by an acre of peat bog.

    *CFE = Cow Fart Equivalent

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