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Jessica Gable, (202) 683-2478,

Dixie Fire Now Worst Single-Source Wildfire in California's History

New ranking coincides with IPCC’s report detailing dire need for climate action.


While the Dixie Fire burned its way to the top of a long list of horrific California wildfires, the International Panel on Climate Change released a much-anticipated working group report that predicts the world's temperatures will rise beyond the tipping point of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) in 2030 -- ten years earlier than initially forecast.

"Californians are faced with a sobering reality," said Food & Water Watch's California Director Alexandra Nagy. "While the Dixie Fire takes its place as the worst single-source wildfire the state has ever seen, we know it will likely not be the worst we will ever see. Fossil fuels are driving climate change and priming California for ever more catastrophic fires, and the recent IPCC report makes plain what science has already told us -- we need urgent action to phase out fossil fuels to prevent a future choked by global warming. The Dixie Fire's devastation is only a preview of climate change's inevitable conclusion if we do nothing. Governor Newsom has the opportunity to lead Californians away from that grim reality by immediately banning fracking, stopping all fossil fuel expansions, and phasing out oil drilling."

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