Why California’s wildfires are going to get worse


A firefighter calls for water as a mobile home park burns in the Sylmar Fire in Sylmar, California.

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Dry Climates and Wild Fires

Wildfires are not a new phenomenon to the California ecosystem, which has tracked wildfire data since the early 1900s. Native Americans used to burn forests to maintain forest health.

California’s Mediterranean climate keeps forests without rainfall for months at a time, which leads to a drying out of vegetation. Droughts are commonplace, with the state finally getting relief from a seven year drought earlier this year.

Dry summers lead to wet winters, but the interval between the two becomes the prime season for…


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