California, like much of the West, gets most of its moisture in the fall and winter. Its vegetation then spends much of the summer slowly drying out because of a lack of rainfall and warmer temperatures. That vegetation then serves as kindling for fires.
What is the number one cause of wildfires in California?
In most areas of California, people cause at least 60% of wildfires, but in the Rocky Mountains and Southwest, lightning causes most wildfires. See a map of wildfire causes in different parts of the U.S. Human-caused wildfires accounted for 44% of the total acres burned across the U.S., according to the study.
Why are wildfires worse in California?
Human-caused climate change has made blazes more frequent and intense, especially during extreme heat waves and drought conditions. For many Americans, especially people living in Western states such as California, fires in recent years have felt worse than they can remember.
What was the largest fire in California history?
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What was the worst fire ever?
1987 – The Black Dragon Fire started in China and burnt a total of 18 million acres (73,000 km2; 28,000 sq mi) of forest along the Amur river, with 3 million acres (12,000 km2; 4,700 sq mi) destroyed on the Chinese side.