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Experts Blame Multiple Causes for California Fires

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Two devastating wildfires have ravaged parts of California, and the death toll Thursday reached 66, officials said. Experts suggest many causes for the fires, from population growth to equipment failures to climate change. They say this year’s deadly blazes may point to worse to come. Jennifer Balch, director of Earth Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, said fires in the American West are intensifying. “We’ve seen a five-fold increase in the number of large fires since the...

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