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"These are large fires. These are fires over 1,000 acres, so we're not just talking about the small fires that are increasing, but the really big fires," said Dennison.
He and his team used a satellite system to study wildfire trends over the past 28 years.
"What we saw is that the biggest trends were in the southwestern
Dennison says one reason
"In the past, we tried to put out every fire, and we wanted to make sure that even small fires didn't get out of control which resulted in a build-up of fuels," explained Dennison.
The trends his team of researchers found did not just pertain to
"The fact that we see this increase in fire over so many different regions tells us there's something bigger going on," said Dennison.
That 'something' is climate change. Dennison says the West is continually getting dryer. That's why he is urging Utahns to gear up and get used to the smoke.