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If You Think it’s Bad Now, Wait Until October

by Patt Morrison

With close to 40,000 acres burned in late August, with high temperatures but no wind, there are ominous signs that the coming Santa Ana season might be particularly bad for Southern California’s perennial wildfires. The La Canada Flintridge area hadn’t burned in over 40 years before the Station fire, and the usual confluence of extreme drought, human development and climate change was the perfect mix for a huge fire. How much worse will things get by October when the winds start blowing?


Jon Keeley, research ecologist at the US Geological Survey & adjunct professor of fire ecology at UCLA

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