HOTTER & DRIER
Higher temperatures pull moisture from the soil and vegetation. Wet years simply promote growth that eventually dries out. The cycle makes the land beneath the lines more prone to fire.
There are many sources and many opinions, this is just one:
Aging infrastructure is both overburdened with demand and becoming more and more costly to maintain.
Accurate maintenance records do not exist making it difficult to efficiently direct maintenance strategies.
Current monitoring do not provide the level of real-time intelligence needed to drive strategic preventative maintenance or efficient emergency response.
DEVELOPMENT IN REMOTE AREAS
Increased development in the wildland-urban interface has placed more people in the path of wildfire destruction. One failed asset can prove deadly in minutes.