Observed Impacts of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Wildfire in California

  title={Observed Impacts of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Wildfire in California},
  author={A. Park Williams and John T. Abatzoglou and Alexander Gershunov and Janin Guzman‐Morales and Daniel A. Bishop and Jennifer K. Balch and Dennis P. Lettenmaier},
  journal={Earth's Future},
  pages={892 - 910}
Recent fire seasons have fueled intense speculation regarding the effect of anthropogenic climate change on wildfire in western North America and especially in California. During 1972–2018, California experienced a fivefold increase in annual burned area, mainly due to more than an eightfold increase in summer forest‐fire extent. Increased summer forest‐fire area very likely occurred due to increased atmospheric aridity caused by warming. Since the early 1970s, warm‐season days warmed by… 

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