The Kincade Fire, the year’s largest, has burned more than 77,000 acres of Sonoma County’s chaparral. Sage, shrubs, coastal live oak and madrones spot the grassy woodlands. Sure, there are areas with forest canopies here, but they are not nearly as thick as in the Sierra. Now that it’s about 88% contained, fire scientists say that strong winds, not forest fuel, drove the Kincade’s growth.
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