California’s wildfire season has arrived in full force. Right now, nearly 400 fires are burning across CA amid heatwaves, power blackouts, and a pandemic, and has issued a state of emergency. Here’s what you should know about these fires. 🧵
While it is too early to say to what degree climate change influenced this heat wave, warming linked to human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions has generally contributed to the state’s worsening fires, and expanded the fire season to nearly year-round.
My heart goes out to friends, family and everybody in the path of destruction in California. May you all stay safe and well.
Even as they flee wildfires, Californians are bracing for triple-digit temperatures, possible power outages and continuing to deal with a virus that is killing 130 people in the state each day.