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California Bracing for Tough Fire Season

FILE - A fire rages near homes in San Marcos, California May 15, 2014.FILE - A fire rages near homes in San Marcos, California May 15, 2014.
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FILE - A fire rages near homes in San Marcos, California May 15, 2014.
FILE - A fire rages near homes in San Marcos, California May 15, 2014.
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California Governor Jerry Brown says his state is getting ready for what could be its “worst” wildfire season to date, even as better weather has allowed firefighters to take control over several blazes that broke out in the southern part of the state last week.
 
Brown told ABC television Sunday that global warming is to blame for the worsening conditions. He also said people have to be more careful how they live, how they build their homes, and what kind of vegetation is allowed to grow.
 
Extreme drought, low humidity and high winds led to a number of fires in San Diego County last week. Those fires destroyed dozens of homes and forced tens of thousands of people to flee with little notice. At least one death was reported.
 
Damage is estimated at more than $20 million.

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by: Dave from: Olympia, WA
May 19, 2014 12:15 AM
Great. Now Jerry Brown can predict the future.


by: carmen from: pittsburgh
May 18, 2014 10:39 PM
The wildfires are combination of a number of things, both natural (in cyclical cycles there are histories of the western US going thru approximately 100 year periods of drought, but as well, the unusual extremes in weather are a fault of mankind. (Co2 emissions). I believe some instances are a combination of both, thus creating some confusion by those taking sides and actually looking into it. In fact, there has ALWAYS been natural fires, and certain trees do depend on the heat from those fires to "open their cones" & disperse them. But at the same time, with population growth, more homes are going to be burned due to the expansion of growth into more rural areas. All this should be common sense. But most people are unwilling to accept the truth. One other interesting fact, is that on recent trips to the arctic, scientists have found black soot on the ice, further quickening the melting of it. The tested samples of soot were actually from wildfires. Also, more fires are caused by man than naturally, (I.e. lightning). My point is, it is a combination of different factors, as with everything with the weather. But you cannot deny the fact that mankind is contributing to it, thru CO2 emissions, human error, or a combination of both WITH climate change being the ultimate result in the end. The normal fire season has 600 fires. We ate seeing 1500 a year and it is starting earlier and earlier. I need to provide links but look up all the info. And I am not a liberal, I'm republican. People need to wakeup and look at facts. Everybody is entitled to their own opinions, but NOT their own facts.

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