Apparently the changing climate probably isn’t the biggest contributor to the massive fires we’ve been experiencing in California, Australia and elsewhere. I just attended a talk comparing the flora of California and the Western Cape of South Africa. Interestingly they are not experiencing the intense fires Australia and California are, although they too are running out of water from aquifers and springs. The reason they haven’t been having the big burns is that they haven’t been suppressing wildfires as vigorously as our regions. Every part of the cape burns on average every five years and in fact the flora there depends on it to reseed and replenish itself.
I’m guessing that people aren’t inhabiting thickly wooded areas the way we do here, but regardless they haven’t been campaigning against forrest fires. I suspect our population density and enjoyment of living in natural areas are to blame. Climate change still impacts the starting of fires but it is human activity which is responsible for the unnatural build up of fuels.