3 Key Factors Behind California's Wildfires Californians face a terrible new normal as wildfire season grows longer and more intense. Jennifer Montgomery, head of the California's Forest Management Task Force, explains three key factors at the heart of why the state is now at such high risk. It turns out, one of them goes all the way back to Spanish colonization. Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter: @maddie_sofia. Or email the show at shortwave@npr.org.
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Wildfire Season Is Here To Stay

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Wildfire Season Is Here To Stay

Wildfire Season Is Here To Stay

Wildfire Season Is Here To Stay

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A back fire set by fire fighters burns a hillside near PG&E power lines during firefighting operations to battle the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, California. Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A back fire set by fire fighters burns a hillside near PG&E power lines during firefighting operations to battle the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, California.

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Californians face a terrible new normal as wildfire season grows longer and more intense. Jennifer Montgomery, head of the California's Forest Management Task Force, explains three key factors at the heart of why the state is now at such high risk. It turns out, one of them goes all the way back to Spanish colonization. Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter: @maddie_sofia. Or email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brit Hanson and edited by Viet Le.