Nov 8, 2015

Wildfire risk to rise by six times, study says: Researchers said climate change is already at play and will intensify the pattern in coming decades

California
USA
by
Joshua Emerson Smith
,
San Diego Union Tribune
A firefighting crew moves to higher ground while battling the Poinsettia blaze in Carlsbad on May 14, 2014. Photo: Hayne Palmour IV
A firefighting crew moves to higher ground while battling the Poinsettia blaze in Carlsbad on May 14, 2014. Photo: Hayne Palmour IV

As wildfires have ravaged parts of drought-stricken California in recent years, scientists have largely shied away from linking each blaze to climate change Now, the authors of a new study said global warming has already made extreme fires more likely from San Diego to Eureka — and they believe the trend will worsen significantly in coming decades. “It’s very alarming,” said Jin-Ho Yoon, a scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and co-author of the analysis...Climate change will steadily amplify the risk of wildfires in California by six-fold, according to the study.