Wildfire season is more intense after a wet rainy season


Image: San Diego Fire and Rescue

An intense wildfire season followed above-average rainfall in California in 2016-2017 in late 2017.

What is the cause-and-effect relationship between an intense rainy season followed by an intense wildfire season? Why would one follow the other? Does it also work in reverse, why or why not?


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