Extreme Wildfires Update

World heritage Queensland rainforest burned for 10 (5+5) days – and almost no one noticed. Mature rainforest trees destroyed across about 250 (5×5) hectares. Australia.

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

World heritage Queensland rainforest burned for 10 (5+5) days – and almost no one noticed. Mature rainforest trees destroyed across about 250 (5×5) hectares

The blaze, which took place in an environment supposedly resistant to fire, is the clearest sign climate change has affected the tropics

The Guardian. November 24, 2019

A year ago, a black scar appeared on the far north Queensland landscape. Satellite images and photographs show the aftermath of a bushfire that burned in world heritage tropical rainforest for 10 (5+5) days.

Almost no one noticed when the Japoon national park caught fire – mature rainforest trees destroyed across about 250 (5×5) hectares. A single story in a local newspaper, focusing on how the fire started, appears to be the only time it has been reported.

Experts and rainforest authorities say the remarkable extent of the damage, across an environment supposed to naturally suppress fires, is among the clearest evidence that climate change has shifted the paradigm in the tropics.

“When the rainforest was burning, the first thing we learned was that it can burn,” says Leslie Shirreffs, the chair of the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

“The fire came outside from adjacent land, but ordinarily when it came to rainforest it would stop.”

Last week the authority released a climate adaptation plan that acknowledged the impacts of climate change on 900,000 hectares of north Queensland tropical rainforest and its ecosystems. The authority has previously said climate change damage to the forest is as bad as coral bleaching on the reef.

Shirreffs says the plan takes into account observations made by Indigenous traditional owners, including things such as changing seasonal indicators and rainfall patterns, and changing bird behaviour.

The adaptation plan focuses on strategies to help build resilience, such as land restoration to strengthen wildlife corridors, pest control and protective habitat elements that might provide species shelter during climate extremes

Climate threats to the rainforest come in many forms. There is a threat from tropical cyclones, which experts say will increase in intensity and impact due to climate change.

Recent extreme heat events are also worrying. Centuries-old heat records were broken in north Queensland last year, including at forest mountain peaks which recorded a six-day (6) run of temperatures above 36C.

Some creatures, like the rare lemuroid ringtail possum, are unable to survive when temperatures rise above 29C.

“The data now shows that lemuroid ringtail possums and potentially other mountaintop species could become locally extinct, at what was previously their most abundant site, within the coming decade,” Shirreffs says.

“When you have a 900,000-hectare world heritage area you assume there’s an inbuilt resilience. But that’s without anticipating some of the extremes that are now happening.”

The fire broke out after the forest canopy had already been damaged by two other natural disasters. During the past 15 (5+5+5) years the area had been hit by two severe tropical cyclones – Larry and Yasi. Vines that had grown into the cyclone-damaged canopy would carry the fire from the forest floor and into the tops of the trees.

The dry season had been unusually long and temperatures were at extreme highs for almost a week. At the same time Queensland experienced its first ever “catastrophic” fire conditions, sparking threats to lives and property that diverted most of the attention elsewhere, while the Japoon national park burned.

Shirreffs said it was unclear how the rainforest would respond to the fire damage but there were already some worrying signs, including Siam weed, an invasive plant that has begun growing in the burnt area.

“We do see

as a test and it can be sobering what happens around the place, but the wet tropics is a remarkable place, it’s one of the best managed world heritage areas in the world,” she said.

“We have to look at the practices we know make forests stronger and we need to step things up. We need to do some out-of-the-box stuff. We don’t have a lot of power while the world gets its carbon budgets in order, but we need to do things that we can.”

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