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Wildfire Risk Is Growing Everywhere, Even As More Americans Move Into Harm's Way

A map visualizing frequent fires in the U.S. in the years before European colonization.
Daniel Wood
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NPR

There's a forgotten history that should serve as a warning — wildfire isn't unique to the West.

Now the warming climate is increasing the risk of major wildfires across America. And more people are moving to fire-prone areas without realizing the danger.

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