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California officials say climate change is to blame for the deadly wildfires burning in the state for nearly a month

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

ARCADIA, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Mill Creek Hotshots set a backfire to protect homes during the Bobcat Fire on September 13, 2020 in Arcadia, California. California wildfires that have already incinerated a record 2.3 million acres this year and are expected to continue till December. The Bobcat Fire, burning in the San Gabriel Mountains, has grown to about 32,000 acres and is only 6% contained. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The wildfires that have killed at least 36 people and burned through more than 4.6 million acres on the West Coast are fueled by climate change, officials in California and Washington said again on Monday.

(CNN)The wildfires that have killed at least 36 people and burned through more than 4. 6 million acres on the West Coast are fueled by climate change, officials in California and Washington said again on Monday.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee all reiterated that the fires in their states are the result of the climate crisis, challenging assertions from President Donald Trump that they were the result of poor land management.

During a briefing Monday, Newsom said that record breaking temperatures and drought conditions, which have fueled the recent fires, have been going on for years because of climate change.

"Climate change is real," said Newsom, who met with Trump on Monday.

"Our federal agencies do step up and do help us and do know that we need their assistance," Garcetti said to CNN's Anderson Cooper on "AC360," adding that he believes the President is assigning blame to the state based on political motivations.

As firefighters continue to battle multiple blazes, authorities have reported 22 people are missing the state, an update from the state's Office of Emergency Management said Monday.

The governor said his state and others are seeing the effects of climate change during this fire season.

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