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Climate group warns Wisconsin of potential growth in wildfires

Posted at 5:59 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 18:59:03-04

WISCONSIN — Climate Power 2020, a climate change research group, warned Wisconsin about potential issues with larger wildfires caused by increasing droughts and heat waves.

This warning from Climate Power 2020 comes after it continues to study climate change in not only Wisconsin, but all over the country. The group also pointed out that wildfire events in Wisconsin are becoming more common over the last few years.

From 2017-2019, more than 2,000 individual wildfire in Wisconsin burned nearly 5,800 acres of land. Wisconsin does have the benefit of snow melting prior to spring and a recent increase in the average humidity which both keep help keep fire risks now. However, the occurrence of climate-fueled droughts could make the state's brief fire season longer or more disastrous.

The group told the Wisconsin Examiner that between 2009 and 2016, two major drought events caused about $45.9 billion in damages across the country.

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