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Wildfires Sparked by Climate Change

Climate Change dried out Colorado--hardly any snow fell in the winter, then spring rains didn't come. A spark was all that was needed to start a raging wildfire.

In the July 1st edition of the Washington Post, Darryl Fears writes, "Lightning and suspected arson ignited (the state) four weeks ago, but scientists and federal officials say the table was set by a culprit that will probably contribute to bigger and more frequent wildfires for years to come: climate change." It was one of the state's most destructive wildfires ever. The wildfire season that normally runs from June to September expanded to include May and October. Once, it was rare to see 5 million acres burn in a year, but some recent seasons have recorded twice that.

In the past two years, record-breaking wildfires have burned in New Mexico. Arizona and Texas. Fears quotes Agriculture Department Undersecretary Harris Sherman, who oversees the Forest Service, as saying, "We've had record fires in 10 states in the last decade, most of them in the West. The climate is changing, and these fires are a very strong indicator of that."

In 1998, Whitley Strieber had never heard of climate change, but the Master of the Key burst into his hotel room in Toronto and told him all about it, which led to his bestselling book "Superstorm."



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