Publication Date December 20, 2017

LA County Official Links 'Human-Driven Climate Change' To Devastating Wildfires

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In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Ryan Thomas hikes down steep terrain below East Camino Cielo to meet with his crew and root out and extinguish smoldering hot spots in Santa Barbara, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Officials estimate that the Thomas Fire will grow to become the biggest in California history before full containment, expected by Jan. 7, 2018. Photo: Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP

A Los Angeles County supervisor says extreme weather conditions leading to multiple wildfires burning across California are linked to “human-driven climate change”.

Supervisor Hilda Solis asked the Office of Emergency Management, the Chief Sustainability Officer, Fire Department, Department of Public Health and the Department of Public Works to look into potential effects of extreme weather – including wildfires – at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

“It is clear that extreme weather conditions are a byproduct of human-driven climate change, and abnormal weather is the new normal,” Solis said. “Historically, Los Angeles has been known for our idyllic weather, but the Creek Fire, Rye Fire and the Skirball Fire are stark reminders of humanity’s fragile coexistence with nature.”