the new abnormal: climate effects on the fire season are just beginning

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Alex Hall in Inside Science: Climate Change Really is Causing California’s Raging Wildfires

Although there are several factors that play into why the state’s wildfires have been getting more frequent and devastating, a new study, published this month in the journal Earth’s Future, indicates that climate change is a big factor.

The study “documents pretty carefully that there’s a strong relationship between summertime fire and temperature,” said Alex Hall, professor of climate science at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study.