Largely due to climate change, drier winters have made wildfires a continual threat for people everywhere from the West Coast to Australia. New York Times staffers Matt Ritchel and Frenada Santos take a look at this and other causes of wildfires such as overgrown forests .
Scientists believe that this problem may actually become worse over time and are also in disarray on how to deal with this:
The issue has led to disagreements among many fire ecologists about how best to attack the problem. Some argue that fires should be left to take their natural course and clear out the thick, dry brush on the forest floor. But that approach has run into a challenge: More and more people are moving into wild lands.