71 percent of Californians concerned about wildfires

Fire burns around PG&E transmission towers on Nov. 12, 2018, east of Pulga. The first report of the deadly Camp Fire was made near here. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

More Californians than ever are concerned about climate change making wildfires more severe, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

According to a new survey released Monday by PPIC, 71 percent of Californians say they are very concerned about wildfires becoming more severe as a result of global warming.

This view is most widely held in the San Francisco Bay Area with 75 percent very concerned, followed by the Inland Empire with 74 percent very concerned, Los Angeles with 72 percent very concerned, and the Central Valley and Orange/San Diego both at 69 percent of residents very concerned. In addition to wildfires, 49 percent of Californians are very concerned about more severe heat waves as a result of climate change, and 42 percent of Californians are very concerned about rising sea levels.

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