Fire in California

fire in CA
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Every year we hear about fires burning throughout California and the arid West. This year has been particularly historic as the Carr Fire became the state’s third largest fire on record and the still-burning Camp Fire has become the deadliest. Experts tell us that we should expect fires of this size and ferocity to continue well into the future. The reasons for such destructive fires are many, including higher temperatures and extended droughts associated with climate change; historic fire suppression policies that leave built up fuel in the forests; and settlement in fire-prone areas that can help ignite fires and leave people and their homes vulnerable.