We must take action to prevent destructive wildfires and preserve California communities

 

California is no stranger to wildfires but this year’s fires have been devastating and stand out in our hearts and minds. As the communities that were effected begin the long road to recovery, we must all face the sobering fact that these destructive blazes are not coincidences.

Research shows that climate change is making California’s wildfires worse. If it continues, scientists say, disasters like the Camp Fire will happen again, and again.

 
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California is no stranger to wildfires but this year’s fires have been devastating and stand out in our hearts and minds. As the communities that were effected begin the long road to recovery, we must all face the sobering fact that these destructive blazes are not coincidences.

Research shows that climate change is making California’s wildfires worse. If it continues, scientists say, disasters like the Camp Fire will happen again, and again.

A 2016 study observed that increased temperatures and drier conditions make fires more likely in forest areas.

If greenhouse gas emissions continue unrestricted, wildfire frequency in the West could increase 25 percent, and the number of large fires (over 12,000 acres) will triple.

The National Climate Assessment estimated that "the area burned by wildfire across the western United States from 1984 to 2015 was twice what would have burned had climate change not occurred. Wildfires around Los Angeles from 1990 to 2009 caused $3.1 billion in damages."

CLIMATE CHANGE HAS MADE FIRES WORSE

 
 

FIRES ARE BECOMING HARDER TO CONTROL 

The way that wildfires are spreading is changing, burning downhill quickly instead of uphill. When fires burn in unexpected ways, it is even harder for firefighters to contain them. Fires that burn quickly downhill are particularly worrisome because communities are often situated at the base of mountains. 

Fighting to prevent destructive wildfires and preserve California communities should be a statewide priority. Join New Way as we raise our voices about the effects of climate change so that we can do our part to protect Californians. 

 

 

To help New Way leaders continue to fight for a safer California, we ask you to consider telling friends and family about New Way California and our mission to put people above politics.

 

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