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California winter rains used to ward off wildfires — but not anymore, new study finds

The Camp Fire tore through Paradise, California, becoming the deadliest and most destructive in state history. Sacramento Bee staff recount covering the impact of the deadly wildfire.

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Storms have dumped torrential rains and snow across California this winter, triggering deadly floods, mudslides and other catastrophes. But all that water is also banishing drought conditions in the state, and bringing scrubby hills to life with vegetation. Could those wet conditions signal a reprieve from the recent rash of catastrophic wildfires, too? Don’t bank on it, an international team of researchers warned in a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.