After years being deprived of nutrients the wood becomes brittle.
The people who sustained property damage should sue the energy companies for the effects of their greenhouse gas emissions on vegetation.
Because, it's abnormal and extraordinary!!!!!
Nevertheless, the authorities continue to blame high winds exclusively.
In all the horror of the wildfires in Russia, there is buried this tragedy: "The area around St. Petersburg, meanwhile, was hit by a violent storm. Seven people, including two children, were killed by falling trees."
The authorities and the press also blame heat and drought - or maybe lightening or arson - for the forest fires which are raging all over the world, ignoring the fact that the fires are exacerbated by dead trees and brush.
The following photos are from an article about outbreaks in Portugal:
There is never a lack of ignorant articles in the NYTimes...this one - about the inadequate European government efforts to prepare for the anticipated season of wildfires - doesn't even mention the role of climate change...let alone ozone!
Trees are now burning in the Olympic Peninsula:
and no wonder - as photographed on my trip there last month
the trees are dried out tinder waiting for any spark to turn them into flaming torches.
The plume of smoke is even visible from far-off Seattle.