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los angeles and ventura counties have been evacuated due to two fires in the region

‘Raining hell down’: 11 dead as brutal California wildfires burn on

Fires in north and south described as some of the most extreme ever seen as number of fatalities feared to rise — Under a white plume of smoke and grey hazy skies, officials from Los Angeles and Ventura counties announced on Saturday that two people had died in the historically destructive Woolsey fire. That took …

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holy fire burning in the cleveland national forest, los angeles

Summer rainfall declines ‘primary driver’ of surge in US wildfires

Sharp declines in summer rainfall could be a “primary driver” of the record-breaking wildfires ripping across the western US, research shows — Using satellite data, the study finds that there have been “previously unnoted” declines in summer rainfall across close to a third of forests in the western US over the past four decades. These …

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a family wearing face masks in the smoke-filled streets of ventura, california

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The devastation caused by wildfires is self-evident – but their impact is greater and more wide-ranging than you might think… — This year, the number of wildfires in Europe has increased. In California, the Mendocino complex wildfire is the largest in its history. Research continues to reveal the extent of health problems arising because of …

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Guest Post: How the 2018 California Wildfires are a Product of Climate Change

Although a trifecta of factors (high winds, extended periods of drought, and above-average temperatures) is being blamed for starting the fires and allowing them to expand at unprecedented and unstoppable rates, the rise in average temperatures is the root cause for the blazes — As reports of deadly wildfires tearing through California grow, it’s apparent …

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wildfire at buckhorn summit, california

Factcheck: How global warming has increased US wildfires

In the midst of record or near-record heatwaves across the northern hemisphere this summer, deadly wildfires have swept through many regions, such as the western US, Europe and Siberia. This has focused a great deal of public attention on the role that climate change plays in wildfires — Recently, some commentators have tried to dismiss …

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fire near the town of clearlake oaks in northern california

The era of megafires: the crisis facing California and what will happen next

Three scientists explain the unprecedented danger facing the western US and call for new solutions to a growing threat — California is no stranger to fire. The temperate winters and reliably dry summers that make the Golden state such an attractive place to live are the same conditions that make this region among the most …

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a large smoke plume from the carr fire rises behind the hillsides

US wildfires: smoke billows and we’re stuck indoors – this is how we live now

The pool is closed, the kids can’t play outside – we’re all trying to avoid harmful smoke from wildfires burning far away — Last week my kids went to a nature daycamp in Klamath Falls, Oregon, near the California border, where we live. It was meant to be a week of roaming the hills, learning …

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