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Climate, fire size, and biophysical setting control fire severity and spatial pattern in the northern Cascade Range, USA

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Warmer and drier climate over the past few decades has brought larger fire sizes and increased annual area burned in forested ecosystems of western North America, and continued increases in annual area burned are expected due to climate change. As warming continues, fires may also increase in severity and produce larger contiguous patches of severely burned areas.