In his inauguration speech, President Obama claimed the "devastating impact of raging fires" was due to man-made climate change. However, two papers published this week find that global fire activity has declined since pre-industrial times. The first paper notes biomass "burning during the past century generally decreased," and the second paper states that "biomass burning emissions over the past millennium exceeded contemporary emissions by up to a factor of 4 for certain time periods." In addition, historical analysis of wildfires around the world shows that since 1950 their numbers have decreased globally by 15%. The President's fear-mongering of a connection between fires and alleged anthropogenic global warming is rejected by "the overwhelming judgement of science."