A study published in the journal Nature says wildfires in the U.S. could increase by an additional three years as the Earth warms.
Scientists said that as the planet warms, climate change will trigger more intense wildfires.
“We are seeing more wildfires, more intense and longer-lasting fires,” said Dr. Robert Sager, a climate scientist at Penn State University who led the study.
“This could increase the likelihood of the climate tipping in the opposite direction.”
The authors say the additional year of warming in the future would mean the U.”s.
could see more than 1,200 wildfires in 2021.
The study authors noted that the study doesn’t predict a specific year of increased fire activity.
The National Interagency Fire Center said it was investigating the findings and would take additional measures to limit the impact of the study’s findings.