Why the Camp Fire in Northern California is so severe

Heat, wind, and drought — and long-term climate trends — conspired to create a deadly wildfire.

The Camp Fire in northern California is now the state’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record, causing at least 48 deaths and destroying more than 7,600 buildings. Since igniting last Thursday, the blaze has scorched more than 130,000 acres, an area more than four times the size of San Francisco.

Though the fire has been burning in a relatively unpopulated area near Chico,


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