Fire season begins in California

Fire season is about to begin in California. Smoky haze has enveloped the state and the National Weather Service says the worst may be yet to come. “There will be a high fire danger…

Fire season begins in California

Fire season is about to begin in California. Smoky haze has enveloped the state and the National Weather Service says the worst may be yet to come.

“There will be a high fire danger looming over the West Coast,” says Jim Harvell of the National Weather Service in Monterey. “We are seeing temperatures well above normal, we have a lot of pollution, moisture, and wind and we are going to see increasing fire activity through the month.”

For the San Francisco area it’s already been a record-breaking summer. To the north of LA, in the northern mountains, experts say the summer drought is just picking up steam. The air quality has been much worse. Extreme conditions can be deadly. At least 76 firefighters have been killed since 1997.

Climate scientists say as temperatures rise, we are likely to see more and more extreme weather. They say there is a strong link between warming temperatures and the weather disasters such as severe storms, drought, floods, wildfires and droughts.

Rick Singer of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University says, “Climate change will reduce the frequency of extreme events in many areas of the world.” He says the key to fighting extreme weather is fighting climate change.

“The link between climate change and disasters is stronger than was thought,” he says.

Last month scientists offered climate models that suggest at least three heat waves are likely, as far as a century from now. Think three more heat waves that will produce this year’s record number of wildfires. That would be at least another 100 million acres of burned land.

President Trump has done little to reduce carbon emissions, despite the strong evidence of man-made climate change.

Fires are nothing new in California, but in this century they’re more intense and more common. One of the hottest summers on record is showing no signs of letting up.

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