English major Chris Mooney writes:
In the wake of the tragic news that 19 heroic members of an elite “Hotshot” firefighting team were killed in Arizona, there’s been renewed discussion about climate change and how it is worsening wildfires. In particular, there’s considerable evidence that western fire seasons are getting longer and more destructive, and that this is tied to more extreme heat and drought.
But does the same dynamic make the act of wildland firefighting riskier? There are reasons to suspect that it does.