Not to beat a dead horse about this, but the region’s weather is still weird. In British Columbia, forest fire dangers appear to be at a 400-year high. Says Reese Halter, founder of Global Forest Science:

“We are looking at a 400-year bonfire, and by that I mean massive, catastrophic stand-replacing fires . . . eight times larger than they had in the B.C. Interior last year.

It may now be true that the biggest threat to the region’s forests isn’t the chainsaw or the bulldozer, but the tailpipe and the smokestack. Even the aggressive logging that the region’s forests have undergone over the past 30 years may soon be considered a minor threat, compared with the massive ecosystem impacts wrought by climate change.