Season of smoke: Changing climate leads to bigger, smokier wildfires

OPB: Each fire season is a roll of the dice. Some years lightning strikes more often. Other years soggy summers keep big burns at bay. This year more than 4,000 wildfires burned almost a million acres across the Northwest. That might sound like a lot, but it falls below the 10-year average. In the last decade, only one year has had fewer fires than this year. Scientists are quick to point out that no single fire season can be attributed to changes in the global climate, but as summers in the......

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