Unprecedented wildfires up and down the U.S. West Coast

  • Firefighters were battling unprecedented wildfires up and down the U.S. West Coast, fuelled by record heatwaves and intense, dry winds.
  • The August Complex Fire became the biggest recorded blaze in Californian history.
  • Huge wildfires are becoming more common, with the World Meteorological Organization saying the five years to 2019 was “unprecedented” for fires, especially in Europe and North America.
  • Climate change amplifies droughts that dry out regions, creating ideal conditions for wildfires to spread out of control and inflict unprecedented material and environmental damage.

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