California’s wildfire outbreaks threaten the safety of the state and the environment. Four factors have been cited for fueling wildfires in California: (1) California’s climate, (2) people, (3) fire suppression, and (4) winds from the Santa Ana. In 2019, 6,872 fires burned over 253,321 acres and destroyed or damaged 732 structures. While the destruction of property is an immediate consequence of the wildfires, environmental concerns also arise.
Climate conditions directly affect the severity of wildfires. Specifically, it is predicted that warmer and drier climates lead to frequent and more intense wildfires in areas with high populations. As wildfires burn, carbon dioxide, black carbon, brown carbon, and ozone precursors are emitted into the atmosphere affecting the regional climate. The western portion of the United States has the highest risk of fires in the nation due to the warm, dry climate.
In response to California’s dilemma, California governor Gavin Newsom signed twenty-two laws into effect designed to prevent and fight wildfires. The various laws include standards for making homes and communities more fire resistant, shutting off utilities to ease sparks from electric lines, and assisting low-income residents in gaining access to power if they rely on life support. Governor Newsome blamed global warming for the wildfire season, which now is described as “virtually year-round.” In addition to legislation, there are other ways to reduce the risk of wildfires. In particular, it is advised that public awareness about the risk of fires be increased in order to manage practices that affect climate change, reduce populations in high risk areas, and reduce heat-trapping emissions.
 See generally Stats and Events, Cal Fire, https://www.fire.ca.gov/stats-events/ (providing statistics of California wildfires). The total number of fires in California from January 1, 2020 through February 9, 2020 doubled when compared to January 1, 2019 to February 9, 2019. Id. (comparing total fires during time period).
 See generally Kendra Pierre-Louis, Why Does California Have So Many Wildfires?, N.Y. Times (Nov. 9, 2018), https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/climate/why-california-fires.html (noting reasons why California’s wildfires are so destructive).
 2019 California Wildfires, Center for Disaster Philanthropy (Oct. 10, 2019), https://disasterphilanthropy.org/disaster/2019-california-wildfires/ (noting fire statistics for 2019). Six fires were listed as “significant.” Id. (detailing specific information about worst fires).
 See generally The Impact of Wildfires on Climate and Air Quality, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/csd/factsheets/csdWildfiresFIREX.pdf (discussing wildfire impact on climate and air quality).
 Id. (stating climate factors’ impact on wildfire).
 Id. (specifying climate conditions and relationship to wildfires).
 Id. (detailing elements of wildfires with strong effect on climate).
 Id. (mapping relative risk of fire in United States).
 Don Thompson, California Adopts 22 New Laws Taking Aim at Wildfire Danger, U.S. News & World Report, (Oct. 2, 2019), https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2019-10-02/california-adopts-22-new-laws-addressing-wildfire-danger (discussing California wildfire prevention legislation).
 Id. (summarizing benefits of enacted bills).
 Id. (blaming environmental issues for wildfire intensity and frequency).
 Id. (suggesting ways to fight wildfires).
-Manuel L. Colon Jr, Staff Writer