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California’s Wildfires: Why Have They Been So Destructive?

California’s fire seasons have grown longer and more destructive in recent decades, something scientists attribute in part to increased dryness caused by warming temperatures.

In general, the vast majority of wildfires are caused by people, Mr. Porter said, and the past few months have been so dry that even seemingly innocuous human activities — a boat-trailer chain dragging on a road, engine heat coming off a car parked in a grassy area — have lit fires.


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