Nonstop Santa Ana winds and parched vegetation no doubt fueled last month’s Thomas Fire, but a Cal State Channel Islands professor studying the blaze’s aftermath believes climate change and land management policies in the county set the stage for the largest wildfire in state history.
Prolonged drought triggered by a shifting jet stream that has disrupted California’s normal rain and wind patterns—along with big open spaces where vegetation covers miles of terrain with no breaks in between—provi...
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