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Flames leap high as a wildfire caused by lightning spreads into the night along a ridge line. Wild land fire devastation costs millions of dollars and loss of property and life.
According to the Washington Post: High temperatures. Low humidity. Little rainfall. Dry vegetation. Fast winds.
Wildfires depend on a combination of environmental conditions to start and spread. As global temperatures rise, research shows these conditions appear more intensely and frequently — escalating the risk of wildfires. Around 85 percent of wildfires over the past two decades were started by people.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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- The Big Open_Public Lands_National Geographic magazine and book 8/2001