Fires, Blackouts, a Heat Wave and a Pandemic: California’s ‘Horrible’ Month
The nation’s most-populated state is facing multiple crises, including 23 major wildfires raging while the daily death toll from the coronavirus is above 100.
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.