Worth bearing in mind when you hear the claim that the fires are caused solely by global warming.
Related: ProPublica [!] article featuring a brief discussion with a Ph.D. in "environmental sociology" [!!]. Key sentences:
Academics believe that between 4.4 million and 11.8 million acres burned each year in prehistoric California. Between 1982 and 1998, California’s agency land managers burned, on average, about 30,000 acres a year. Between 1999 and 2017, that number dropped to an annual 13,000 acres. . . .
We dug ourselves into a deep, dangerous fuel imbalance due to one simple fact. We live in a Mediterranean climate that’s designed to burn, and we’ve prevented it from burning anywhere close to enough for well over a hundred years.
And this: "Did you or Governor Newsom look at the North American fire map? James Woods did and asks why does "climate change" stop at the Canadian border?"