After so many fires, one woman moved out of the state due to concerns for its future

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Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties in response to the fires that recently exploded. Image by skeeze from Pixabay

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties due to wildfires. Three people have died. Nearly 80,000 people have been told to evacuate in Napa and Sonoma. Wineries are burning.

In Southern California, the Bobcat fire is still burning. There’s another fire north of Santa Clarita. Temperatures are going up, and the Santa Ana winds are coming this week.

These wind-fueled fires are annual events. But the fires are more intense now, and California seems to be in a year-round fire season.

Many residents are wondering whether they should stay here. But where would they go? The whole world is affected by climate change.

Well, writer Kelsey Lahr decided to leave California after living in the state most of her life. She explains her decision to become a climate change migrant. 

Credits

Guest:
Kelsey Lahr - freelance writer for Slate

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Nihar Patel