“Unprecedented”: What’s behind the California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires

The one word experts keep using to describe the gargantuan ongoing wildfires in the western United States is “unprecedented.”

California is experiencing some of the largest fires right now. The 491,000-acre August Complex Fire is now the largest blaze in state history, and statewide, a total of more than 3 million acres have gone up in smoke, a record area for a single year.

Nearby coastal states like Oregon and Washington are also seeing record blazes, some of which are encroaching on…

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