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The Five Most Destructive Wildfires in Recorded California History: Background information when reading Fire in Paradise

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Fire in Paradise

An American Tragedy

by Alastair Gee , Dani Anguiano

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Fire in Paradise by Alastair Gee , Dani Anguiano
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The Five Most Destructive Wildfires in Recorded California History

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Satellite view of Camp Fire In Fire in Paradise, authors Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano capture the devastation wrought by the Camp Fire that destroyed the community of Paradise in California on November 8, 2018. California's hot, dry and windy climate makes it particularly susceptible to wildfires. Climate change has exacerbated these conditions, raising temperatures and making the area more prone to drought, which dries out vegetation, resulting in fires that are more expansive.

A 2019 study appearing in Earth's Future reported that California "experienced a fivefold increase in annual burned area" from wildfires between 1972 and 2018. Thus it is no surprise that the five most destructive wildfires in California history, as reported by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, occurred between the 1990s and 2018.

Camp Fire – November 8, 2018

Fire in Paradise narrates the events of the Camp Fire, which started when a downed power line dropped sparks into dry underbrush below....

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