Southwest drought, climate warming and fuel: an explosive combination for record wildfires

Washington Post: During the last two summers, wildfires have run rampant in the Southwest, setting record after record for size and destructiveness. It's no coincidence that severe drought and much above normal temperatures have been occurring in these same areas - although land-management practices and a surplus of combustible material - bear some responsibility as well. Consider all of these wildfire records set in 2011 and 2012: Texas: Suffered its worst wildfire season on record in 2011, with 30,457 fires......

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