Why huge wildfires are the 'new normal'

Climate change isn't the only culprit

Yosemite wildfire
(Image credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

California's Rim Fire has scorched 281 square miles, making it the seventh biggest wildfire in the state's history. And the blaze is still only 20 percent contained, so firefighters warn its toll will only get worse.

"It's burning its way into the record books," Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, tells the Los Angeles Times.

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