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Wildfires often lead to dust storms – and they’re getting bigger

Wildfires burned over 2.5 million acres of land in California in 2021. Image: REUTERS/Vincent West

Matt Telfer

Associate Professor of Physical Geography, University of Plymouth

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Over half of the large wildfires identified were followed by dust storms.
Over half of the large wildfires identified were followed by dust storms. Image: Unsplash/Artin Bakhan

Climate change can make hot and dry weather conditions more common and create the conditions for dangerous wildfires.
Climate change can make hot and dry weather conditions more common and create the conditions for dangerous wildfires. Image: REUTERS/Mike Blake

Fire is a natural part of many ecosystems and evidence for increasing wildfire frequency is complex.
Fire is a natural part of many ecosystems and evidence for increasing wildfire frequency is complex. Image: Unsplash/Landon Parenteau
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