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Despite the recent rains in northern Arizona, the drought conditions we've experienced here since the late 1990s have unfortunately become the norm. Some believe this unwelcome pattern is attributable to the onset of climate change, rather than a temporary blip in annual precipitation amounts. Whatever the cause, warming temperatures, increased evaporation, and less moisture in our plants, trees and in the ground, makes the prospect of increased wildfire activity more likely, ...

By Matthew B. Ackerman, LEED-AP AIA July 14, 2013