Climate change, human activity to boost wildfire risks, experts say

Many parts of the world are likely to experience more severe wildfires because of climate change, with human activity also to blame for increased risk and shifting wildfire patterns, according to experts. Recent wildfires in the western U.S. grew rapidly because of burnable brush that had built up because of efforts to suppress relatively minor fires, said Chadwick Oliver of Yale University. "We don't need much of a spark to set off a fire that spreads long distances through the crowded, continuous forests," Oliver said.

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