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2017 Fire Season One for the Record Books. But Why?

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A firefighter uses a drip torch to set a backfire to protect houses in Adobe Canyon during the Nuns Fire on October 15, 2017 near Santa Rosa, California.  (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)

Relentless wildfires in the North Bay, Mendocino and Santa Cruz mountains are taxing California's firefighting resources. Forum checks in on why this fire season is more severe than in years past and discusses whether climate change is playing a role.

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Craig Miller, science editor, KQED

Scott Stephens, professor of fire science, UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources