Extended wildfire seasons to affect a wider area by 2050, study finds

08/29/2013 | United Press International

Western U.S. states are poised to experience three additional weeks of wildfire season by 2050, with fires affecting a greater amount of land, according to a study by researchers at Harvard University. Regions differ in their key factors that boost the risk of wildfires, researchers said. In the West, "when you get a large temperature increase over time, as we are seeing, and little change in rainfall, fires will increase in size," researcher Lorreta Mickley says.

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