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California Blazes Are Part Of A Larger And Hotter Picture, Fire Researchers Say

Enlarge this image Cal Fire firefighter Trevor Smith battles the Tubbs Fire near Calistoga, Calif., on Thursday. Wildfires in Northern California have killed dozens of people and thousands of homes and businesses. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The speed and ferocity of the wildfires raging through Northern California’s wine country has caught many residents off guard and left state officials scrambling to contain the flames. But for fire researchers, these devastating blazes are part of a much larger pattern unfolding across the western United States….

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