How does a wildfire start? With people

By Liset Marquez

The explosion of fire activity in Southern California the last couple days may have many wondering: How do wildfires start?

In short, humans, says John Keeley, who has been researching fire records from the past 100 years to determine the historical causes of fires in the state.

During Santa Ana winds one of the most common causes is power lines being blown down. Another is arson.

“Humans are the only sources of fires during Santa Ana winds,” said Keeley, a research ecologist with United States Geological Survey. “You don’t get lighting during Santa Ana wind conditions. Humans are responsible for all the fires, [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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