A major reason for rising forest fire incidents in the state is the paucity of rain during winter. Rainfall during winter was less than normal this year. Since January this year, there have been 983 incidents of forest fire in the state affecting 1,292 hectares of land.
The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps getting drenched in mega-rainfall events. Climate change is magnifying both extremes, but it may not be the only factor, scientists reveal.