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How Climate Change Is Making Wildfires More Extreme
A wildfire engulfs a California forest.

In summer 2018, California was fighting three huge fires at the same time. The one called the Mendocino Complex Fire was the largest ever recorded in the history of the state. High winds, high temperatures, and drought had created ideal conditions for wildfires. But California isn’t alone. Other places in North America and Europe are in the same dangerous situation. Fire seasons are growing longer and more intense. Experts believe that climate change is contributing to what California Governor Jerry Brown is calling “the new normal.”

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