How are wildfires connected to climate change?

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    Longer and drier summers are leading to increased wildfires (In the past 20 years, western US wildfires have occurred six times more than in the 20 years previously).  Burning vegetation releases stored carbon into the atmosphere.  Carbon in the atmosphere (primarily existing as Carbon Dioxide and Methane) acts as a greenhouse gas, thus adding to global warming and most likely adding to conditions that may generate a greater occurrence of wildfires in the future.

     

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