California wildfires are bad. Climate change will make them even worse, new study says
As bad as wildfires have been in Northern and Central California in recent years, another new study shows that climate change could make them even worse in the coming years.
That study, published by researchers from Brown University in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that “climate has been the main driver of fire on a regional scale” in the Sierra Nevada region, according to Richard Vachula, the study’s lead author.
“We find that warm and dry conditions promote fire, which in light of climate model predictions suggests that future fires may be more extensive than we have observed in the last century,” he said in prepared remarks.