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Study: Angora Fire contributing to global warming
A study released March 12 of the Angora Fire and three others in the state says together they will release about 38 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The fires themselves and the rotting dead trees are the source of the gases.
The study was conducted for the nonprofit Forest Foundation. The study is based on a ground-breaking analytical tool that allows scientists to estimate greenhouse gases emitted by wildfire and subsequent forest decay, according to a press release. Vegetation density, tree species, mortality caused by a fire, and the removal of dead trees and replanting new trees are part of the equation.
Besides the Angora Fire, the Fountain Fire, which destroyed nearly 60,000 acres east of Redding in August 1992; the Star Fire, which burned more than 16,000 acres in September 2001 in the Tahoe and Eldorado national forests; and the Moonlight Fire, which burned more than 65,000 acres in September 2007 in and around the Plumas National Forest in the northern Sierra Nevada were part of the study.
For a copy of the report, go to www.calforestfoundation.org.