The Yosemite Rim Wild Fire started in August 17th 2013 and burned over 400 square miles. It took two months and over $127 million to contain. This fire was the largest of over a thousand wildfires that burned in California in the summer of 2013. It was so large that it created its own weather system, thunder head and lightning strikes that sparked further fires beyond the containment line. A series of dry hot summer’s combined with record lows of winter snowfalls and snowpack helped to increase severity. New research from the International Journal of Wildland Fire believes this fire represents a trend where wildfires will become much more severe and frequent due to a warming of the climate and higher levels of Co2 emissions increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes.
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