Why are so many forests on fire?

Guardian: They may be an annual occurrence in California but "wildfires" seem particularly ubiquitous this summer, with big blazes everywhere from Spain to Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Greece. "Wild" may be a misnomer. The malicious starting of fires is as old as the human fascination with flame and many of the fires may be directly or indirectly caused by humans. In the dry west of the US, where forest fires are routine in late summer, a winter drought is the trigger for current outbreaks after several cooler,......

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