Paradise, California
A wet place, compared to most of the state.
It averages 55 inches of rainfall a year.
This year, a
                     measly
1/7 of an inch.

Plants and trees were
explosively dry

The result,

was the worst fire in California’s history.
10,300 structures destroyed
          63 dead
dozens still missing

The Campfire still raging in Butte county,
fewer firefighters at hand to battle the Woolsely blaze
help comes from farther away

as far away as Texas.

In a future affected by climate change,
Expect drier autumn and springs,
scientists say.

Tinder-dry plants and trees only fuel fires farther.
Bad news for firefighters,
Who rely on early
 R
        A
 I         
        N
To
Avoid fire season
And ease the threat from winds
                             because winds help spread blazes.

“You’re waiting for a disaster to occur.”

NEWSELA – Predicted climate change could mean longer California fire season

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