Susan Prichard, forest ecologist and research scientist at SEFS

The wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, California and Australia that have raged in the last year are evidence that climate change is already here, according to Susan Prichard, forest ecologist and research scientist with the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, who was interviewed by NBC News.

“What strikes me is that the future we were really worried about and that us climate scientists talked about for decades, we’re living through that now,” Prichard told the news outlet.

Wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are certainly not new, but the story notes that their size and level of destruction is what has increased in recent years.

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