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NHESS | Articles | Volume 18, issue 3
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 847–856, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-847-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Special issue: Spatial and temporal patterns of wildfires: models, theory,...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 847–856, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-847-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 16 Mar 2018

Research article | 16 Mar 2018

Extreme wildfire events are linked to global-change-type droughts in the northern Mediterranean

Julien Ruffault et al.

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Extreme wildfires events (EWE) have been recorded during the past year in the Mediterranean. By analyzing the climatic conditions associated with the French 2003 and 2016 fires seasons, we found that EWE were associated to two distinct climatic events whose frequencies are both expected to increase with global changes: hot droughts and long droughts. These results suggest that EWE are likely to become more common in the future and will certainly challenge fire management.
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