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Wildfires are steadily getting larger, causing more damage, and wreaking havoc with ecosystems. No longer confined to forests, wildfires burn right into towns and communities. They are spectacular in the death, destruction, and devastation they cause, and in the difficulty we have extinguishing or escaping from them. Three things are needed for a fire to begin: heat, fuel and oxygen. Lightning is a major source of wildfire starts, but some are started by humans, either by accident or intention. Fallen power lines started the 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, California. No matter the igniting source, changes to climate are driving fires around the world – rising temperatures, heat waves, and prolonged droughts. A recent United Nations report predicts that especially severe wildfires will increase 14 percent by 2030, up to 50 percent by the end of the century unless we do something to halt global climate change.

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