/ Modified mar 27, 2018 10:04 a.m.

Climate Change Driving Longer Wildfire Season, UA Researcher Says

Data suggest Arizonans can expect a year-round wildfire season.

With the arrival of spring, rising temperatures have called up a discussion about the relationship between climate and wildfire behavior. UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment Professor Donald Falk looked at 35 years of climate data to learn more about future wildfires. He shared those findings with Lorraine Rivera.

“We think the primary effect that’s going on between climate and wildfire is that climate is making the wildfire season longer,” explained Falk. “Here in Southern Arizona, we are pretty much 12 months to the year. There could be a fire at any given month of the year.”

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