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Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency due to the Blue Cut fire. Is global warming going to create more fires such as this one?

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency due to the Blue Cut fire. Is global warming going to create more fires such as this one?
  • Global warming will create more Blue Cut type fires

    Global warming will create more fires, such as Blue Cut in California. The higher temperatures create more extreme weather, with the drier and hotter air contributing to wild fires. Fires have been increasing over the last several years in California as the state deals with drought conditions that can be attributed to the higher temperatures.

  • Global warming will mean more fires

    Over the last 25 years, the number of wildfires has steadily increased, both in acreage consumed and in the length of the wildfire season. In the 1980s, wildfires consumed about 140,000 acres annually. From 2000-2012, this almost doubled to 250,000 acres annually. Along with this, the wildfire season increased from 5 months in the early 1970s to 7 months today. This correlates with climate change over the same period with hotter temperatures leading to drier forests. We can expect these trends to continue

  • Yes, Global Warming will create more wildfires.

    Global warming will likely create more wildfires like the Blue Cut fire, which caused California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. Warming temperatures on Earth mean changes to weather. These changes can result in more severe droughts which make conditions ripe for wildfires. Wildfires will likely intensify in the coming years as the impacts of climate change continue.

  • No, global warming is not going to create more fires like the Blue Cut fire.

    Global warming did not create the Blue Cut fire and will not create more fires such as this one in the future. Global warming may be responsible for certain climate changes that may dry out areas making them more prone to accelerating the spread of wildfires. In most cases though, the creation of the fire is caused by irresponsible, or destructive, human beings.


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