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Morgan Tingley in The Hill: Heat wave sparks historically unseasonable wildfires in West

The Western U.S. just experienced one of the worst heat waves in its history. Now, a series of wildfires have already broken out unseasonably early, sparking fears that this will be one of the worst fire seasons ever.
The West is currently “unfathomably dry,” added Morgan Tingley, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He warned that “areas that would not normally be dry enough to burn until September or October could catch fire in July or August.”