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A firefighting air tanker drops fire retardant on a hillside ahead of the County fire on July 2, 2018 in Esparto, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A firefighting air tanker drops fire retardant on a hillside ahead of the County fire on July 2, 2018 in Esparto, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Dozens of wildfires continue to burn across the western U.S., one day after some cities and towns canceled their Fourth of July fireworks displays to reduce the risk of sparking another blaze. In California, six major fires have burned nearly 100,000 acres so far, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Lesley McClurg (@lesleywmcclurg), science reporter at KQED.

This segment aired on July 5, 2018.

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