Is Global Warming Causing More, Larger Wildfires?

@article{Running2006IsGW,
  title={Is Global Warming Causing More, Larger Wildfires?},
  author={Steven W. Running},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={313},
  pages={927 - 928}
}
  • S. Running
  • Published 18 August 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
Higher spring and summer temperatures and earlier snowmelt are extending the wildfire season and increasing the intensity of wildfires in the western United States. 
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