30 Sep '15, 4pm

9 million acres and counting – will #wildfires continue to spread with climate change?

9 million acres and counting – will #wildfires continue to spread with climate change?

California is in a state of emergency and two counties north of San Francisco were just declared a major federal disaster area as the Golden State endures its worst wildfire season in decades. More than 9 million acres have burned so far in Western United States in what could shape up to be an all-time record year for fires. At the same time, the wildfire season is growing longer than it was a few decades back, by as much as seven weeks in some areas. Earlier snowmelt in the West is contributing to this trend. So why is the fire season this year worse than usual? The answer can be summed up with two words: It’s hot and dry. And today, California, our most populous state, is the epicenter of the severe heat and crippling drought that are fueling the wildfires – conditions scientists are increasingly linking to climate change . How wildfires and climate change connect Last y...

Full article: https://www.edf.org/blog/2015/09/30/9-million-acres-and-c...

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