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21
Mar

Global Warming Factors in Fires

Warming temperatures are also a factor in our wildfire crisis. Scientific data have indicated that even a modest rise in average temperature can dramatically reduce the amount of moisture in the landscape, especially over prolonged periods, creating ideal conditions for fires to ignite, spread rapidly, and burn with more ferocity. The 2019–2020 fire season in Australia was an alarming precursor to the US season; record temperatures and drought periods in some affected areas contributed to vast wildfires that burned as many as 46 million acres, by some estimates—more than five times the likely acres burned this year in the US.

In California, the hottest August on record corresponded with the most acres burned on record: more than 4 million, or nearly half the acres burned by wildfire nationwide.

 

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