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NIFC Suppressing Historical Dept Of Commerce Wildfire Data

May 5, 2021

By Paul Homewood

A follow up to yesterday’s post on the cover-up of pre-1983 wildfire data:


The implication is that pre-1983 data is not accurate or reliable. This is absurd.

All of the data, previously published by the NIFC, is derived from annual Department of Commerce publications. For instance:



Page 537 (Or P554 on PDF counter) 



The NIFC numbers are exactly the same:


As I commented yesterday, nobody would argue that the historical data is perfectly accurate, given the technology available at the time. But it was most diligently calculated at the time, and can certainly be considered to be broadly accurate.

It is of course deeply ironic that NOAA and others are more than happy to use inaccurate and incomplete historical data on, for instance, hurricanes, when it helps them claim that there are more hurricanes nowadays.

It is evident that the pre-1983 data on wildfires is being suppressed because it proves that current wildfire activity is only a fraction of the past.

  1. Lorde Late permalink
    May 5, 2021 10:13 am

    I constantly think we are living more and more in the world that mr Orwell created.
    God help our chilren and grandchildren.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      May 5, 2021 10:24 am

      It is Crimethink to oppose the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue). Room 101 awaits us all!

    • May 5, 2021 8:28 pm

      I’m glad someone else noticed this. I bookmarked a page years ago with data going back early 20th century. It showed huge numbers 100 years ago. A graph was also available. I noticed recently they were both gone. I began to question my memory.

  2. Philip Mulholland permalink
    May 5, 2021 11:01 am

    There is a lot of official data recorded in the 659 pages of this Bureau of the Census document.
    Series L 48-55 Forest Fires and Area Burned Over: 1926 to 1970 is on page 537 of the document (page search counter 554)

    • Penda100 permalink
      May 5, 2021 11:40 am

      Surely measurements based on human observation are more likely to understate the area burned? (If no one saw it, did it happen?). But of course this would make the “Climate Emergency” even less meaningful. Lies of omission, lies of commission, all lies.

  3. James Neill permalink
    May 5, 2021 11:41 am

    A passage near the end of Fahrenheit 451 springs to mind where those preserving the books have remembered passages and have them recalled by hypnosis. In this day and age a very large amount of data that is inconvenient, embarrassing or contradicting the official line is modified, censored, hidden or perish the thought deleted. The party line is never wrong.

    Apart from pushing back against the current narrative might it not be worth a thought to preserving historical, current and future data in such a way that the past cannot be destroyed; the present is recorded accurately and those in the future may know; learn from and extend the achievements of those who have gone before.

    If we do not know where we have come from then we do not know where we are. If we do not know where we are then how can we know where we are going?

    • Luc Ozade permalink
      May 5, 2021 12:57 pm

      Exactly, James. I don’t trust any of ’em. I save as many records as I think important. I don’t trust any ‘gatekeepers’, I don’t trust politicians, I don’t trust the police, I certainly don’t trust or use, the ‘cloud’ (or streaming). I like to have my own copies of stuff I value – and saved in multiples of places. Songs, music and films get vanished, if the authorities think they are in any way subversive. Many films were lost during the purge in the 50s by the House Unamerican Committee. One of them, “Song of Russia” which I saw at the cinema in 1944 (and held me in awe) I was lucky enough to grab a copy of, on VHS in (I think) 1988 was one such. But there are many other instances.

      One only has to remember what happened to Tallbloke back in 2009, when the police raided his home in the early hours and confiscated all his devices, searching for the Climategate leak.

      I’ve never forgotten an interview many years ago (unfortunately I can’t recall either of the names) by an interviewer with a Russian general. The interviewer said: “I can’t understand how a man such as yourself – highly intelligent and educated – can live comfortably in Russia surrounded by so much propaganda.” The general replied: “You don’t think that you too are surrounded by propaganda?” Precisely!

  4. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 5, 2021 1:11 pm

    The wildfire data is obviously inaccurate, but Arctic sea ice area reconstruction back to 1850 is rock-solid science. Pfffffffft.

  5. Cheshire Red permalink
    May 5, 2021 1:22 pm

    This is publicly-funded data, and as such should be available to the US general public.

    They hide it for the same reasons Australia’s BoM hid their pre-1900 temperature data; it wrecks their hysterical climate change claims.

  6. May 5, 2021 7:55 pm

    Climate Data trick #1 Cooling the past

    Climate Data trick #2 defiring the past

  7. Richard Greene permalink
    May 6, 2021 2:49 am

    What difference do historical records of acres burned make?

    Most fires are started by people, and a small difference in the global average temperature is not likely to make people start more, or fewer, fires.

    The acres burned is related to how dry the climate has been, forest maintenance and the ability of firefighters to put out the fires.

    I don’t see the logic of thinking a small change in the average temperature correlates with acres burned.

  8. May 8, 2021 9:54 am

    In the past the Forest Department had actual watchers up actual fire towers right through the actual fire season. If anything their estimates might have been more accurate than today.

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