California's Wildfires Have Become Bigger, Deadlier, and More Costly. Here's Why

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Climate change has helped make California’s wildfires more intense
Preceding California’s 2018 wildfires were some of the state’s hottest temperatures ever. July 2018 marked California’s hottest month in recorded history at 79.7 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The warm and dry conditions across California in July created “ideal wildfire conditions,” the NOAA report said, leading to numerous destructive wildfires across California in July and August, including the Carr fire, which killed at least eight people. The summer of 2017 was California’s hottest summer in the state’s record, with a heat wave that extended into September 2017.
Why California's Fires are Bigger, Deadlier, and More Costly
 

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