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Climate crisis intensified the West Coast fire season, officials say — and scientists say it could get worse

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

It's a devastating and historic fire season in the West — and scientists and local officials say the climate crisis is to blame.

Oregon's governor said in a typical year, fires consume about 500,000 acres in the state — but "this week alone, we burned over a million acres of beautiful Oregon," she said.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said climate change and mismanagement of the nation's forests are both to blame for the fires raging in her state and across the West Coast, during an interview on CBS Face the Nation.

Both Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have attributed the intensity of this season's fires to climate change, pushing back on President Trump's assertion that the fires were due to poor land management.

At least 35 people have died in the West Coast wildfires, including 24 in California, 10 in Oregon and a child in Washington state.

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