Higher global tem­per­a­tures also mean more drought and wild­fires. This year has been par­tic­u­larly dev­as­tat­ing for wild­fires in Cal­i­for­nia.

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One of the worst was the Carr fire near Red­ding in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia. John Vail­lant and pho­tog­ra­pher Tim Hussin trav­elled to the area in the af­ter­math of the 81,000-hectare fire to meet res­i­dents there, many of whose lives have been de­stroyed by the blaze. The Carr fire was par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous be­cause a com­bi­na­tion of toxic el­e­ments – high heat, plenty of fuel and high winds – turned a wild­fire into what sci­en­tists re­fer to as a “fire whirl”. It might make sense to think of it as a tor­nado made of fire.

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