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    Human Touch to Blame for California Wildfires

    What did they expect? A new study shows local development, in addition to climate change, helped magnify the devastation of Southern California’s recent spate of wildfires. Researchers point to homebuilding in highly flammable areas as contributing to the record-setting Thomas Fire’s destruction of thousands of homes and other buildings across more than 280,000 acres. Determining better placement of homes is the most straightforward solution, although experts also say this approach needs to be tailored to local communities — and should include contingency plans for managing post-fire landscapes wisely.

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