"With climate change overriding some of Australia’s more moderating
weather forces, scientists say wildfires like the one that tore through
half of the island’s forest in recent weeks are increasingly likely.
“We just found a safe spot to settle and rest while the fire was
burning,” said Lye, 52, of the island’s Happy Valley township.
“It wasn’t pleasant,” he said, adding that the local community, many of
whom opted against following an evacuation order, saved all 50 or so
houses before sheltering for safety as fire tore through the island on
The first major bushfires of the 2020-21 fire season first broke out in
the southern hemisphere spring even as Australia was still recovering
from last season’s record infernos, which not long ago would have been
considered a once-in-a-generation event.
Research released in March found that human-caused global warming made
the 2019-20 fires at least 30% more likely to occur."
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