The Dixie Fire has climbed into Lassen Volcanic National Park, where it was recently burning near 8,500 feet.…
Other large fires have gotten even higher. Last year’s Creek Fire and Sequoia Complex fires in the southern Sierra approached the dizzying elevation of 10,000 feet.

Here’s what scientists say is causing these high-elevation burns:…
Fires at such heights are exacerbating the wildfire crisis by charring tracts of land that were long considered too cool to burn.

They’re also harder for firefighters to get to.…
Nearly 2,400 square miles of this newly at-risk land are in the Sierra.

“High-elevation fires change the dynamic. You can’t count on the Sierra crest as a natural barrier anymore.”…

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