Climate Signals summary: Human-caused climate change is causing wildfires to burn hotter, spread faster, and become more difficult to extinguish - as evidenced by the wildfires currently burning in the Western United States.
The largest wildfire in the U.S. was spreading toward mountain resort towns in northern New Mexico, prompting officials to issue another set of warnings for more people to evacuate.
Meanwhile, a wildfire that erupted Wednesday afternoon in coastal Southern California raced through coastal bluffs of multimillion-dollar mansions, burning at least 20 homes, fire officials said.
[Brian] Fennessy [chief of the Orange County Fire Authority] said climate change has made even small fires that once would have been easily contained into extreme threats to life and property throughout the West.
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