WEST LIBERTY, W.Va (WTRF) – Temperatures may seem hot in our area, but they are not breaking records like they are in the West. The heat is well over 100 degrees in some areas and that is helping wildfires spread rapidly.
West Liberty University Biology Assistant Professor James Wood said the rising temperatures are a part of climate change which is a long-term change in the weather over years and years.
He explained climate change will not only affect the West Coast and it could eventually make wildfires a normal part of life in the Ohio Valley.
Projections are within the next 80 to 100 years we’re going to start seeing more severe droughts, longer periods of time without rain, hotter summer temperatures and that moves us in that forested landscape, to being more susceptible to wildfire.”James Wood, Assistant Professor of Biology, West Liberty University
Wood also said the biggest way for us to change the path we are on is to lower our carbon footprint to help bring global temperatures down.