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Daniel Swain in Mashable: Northern California fire explodes overnight

“We’re getting these shutoffs during run-of-the-mill events which are not rare,” Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told Mashable on Wednesday before the Kincade Fire began. 

Already this fall, millions of Californians have lost power, shutting down universities and traffic lights, and sending people scurrying for fuel-powered generators. 

“We’re realizing how disruptive these shutoffs are,” Swain added.