News Sentinel, Tennessean Highlight Grissino-Mayer Expertise on Droughts, Wildfires

Forest fires that have been ranging for weeks have consumed thousands of acres in eight states including Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel and the Tennessean spoke to Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor of geography, about the possible connection between the drought in the region and the wildfires. Grissino-Mayer has made a career of studying both droughts and wildfires. He said conditions from a historic standpoint are not that bad.

“It is a severe drought, but we have had much more catastrophic droughts in the past,” he said. “This drought has only lasted about five months. Go back to 2007-08 and that lasted two years; that was a much worse drought than this one. Droughts like to beget droughts; once you are in one it is very hard to get out of one.” Read the News Sentinel and Tennessean story online.