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California Is Experiencing Its Most Destructive Wildfire Season On Record, And It’s Only Going To Get Worse

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Firefighters battle flames in Santa Paula, California, on Monday. 8562753036437″> Stephen Lam / Reuters

An aerial view of properties destroyed by the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, California, as seen on Oct. 11.

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A wildfire burns just northwest of Fillmore, California, Thursday.

Volker Radeloff, who studies the wildland-urban interface at the University of Wisconsin, said building into areas with a high likelihood of brush fire is a pattern that has been seen “all over California” and other parts of the US.

In California, lawmakers have enacted regulations to help make at-risk communities safer, including requiring homeowners to clear brush around their homes and banning the use certain highly flammable building materials. 5145228215768″> Mario Tama / Getty Images

A person bicycles as a section of the Thomas Fire burns in La Conchita, California, Thursday. “

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