California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger Due To Climate Change

 Tuesday, July 16, 2019

 The Atlantic

On a hot July evening last year, a rancher tried to use a hammer and stake to plug a wasp’s nest.

The hammer slipped, a spark flew, and a patch of dry grass ignited, according to the Los Angeles Times. Within minutes, the brush fire fed on bone-dry conditions and became too big to control.

It soon merged with another blaze and became the Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest wildfire in California’s history.

It burned almost half a million acres, or roughly 720 square miles, before it was finally extinguished four months later. It killed one firefighter and injured four.
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