Hotter weather turbocharges West’s wildfires, scientists say

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Hotter weather turbocharges West’s wildfires, scientists say

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In this Aug. 7 photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, California. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found.
In this April 30 photo, firefighter Mike Sugaski packs his gear in his garage in Salida, Colorado. The veteran firefighter used to think a fire of 10,000 acres was big. Now he fights fires 10 times as large. “You kind of keep saying ‘How can they get much worse?’ But they do.”

Hotter weather turbocharges West’s wildfires, scientists say

In this Aug. 7 photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, California. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found.
In this April 30 photo, firefighter Mike Sugaski packs his gear in his garage in Salida, Colorado. The veteran firefighter used to think a fire of 10,000 acres was big. Now he fights fires 10 times as large. “You kind of keep saying ‘How can they get much worse?’ But they do.”
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