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How Climate Change Fuels a Higher Incidence of Dangerous Wildfires

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Climate change is increasing the risk of deadly wildfires. This fact was made clear this year when the devastating Smokehouse Creek Fire spread through the Texas Panhandle, burning over 1 million acres and killing two people.

How does global warming contribute to the higher number of wildfires? Here is what the experts say.

How Climate Change Influenced the Deadly Smokehouse Creek Fire

Human-caused climate change is heating up the planet and raising the odds of wildfires nearly everywhere. The Smokehouse Creek Fire seemingly came out of nowhere, igniting at the end of February and eventually becoming the largest wildfire in Texas state history.

The timing and the intensity of the winter wildfire caught everyone off guard. What laid the groundwork for the blaze to erupt?

Experts say that the fire was fueled by a perfect storm of factors including strong winds, record-high temperatures, and highly flammable brush and grass.

All of these factors can be caused by global warming, making it no surprise that these fires are becoming more common and destructive as humans continue to pollute the air through the use of fossil fuels.

The U.S. has seen some of its most destructive wildfires in recent years. This includes the devastating fire that tore through the Hawaiian island of Maui last August, killing at least 100 people and destroying much of the popular tourist town Lahaina.

California is no stranger to wildfires. However, 80% of the state's biggest blazes have happened in the last decade. Top of the list was the 2018 Camp Fire, an inferno that decimated the town of Paradise on its way to killing 85 people.


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