Californian fires are mirroring Australia’s Black Summer, experts say, driven by record drought and heat

Ken Pimlott once commanded a firefighting army. As the former chief of the world’s largest firefighting force, Cal Fire, he had more than 15,000 people and 50 aircraft at his disposal.

But even he concedes that this mighty force is being overwhelmed by the fires burning along the west coast of the United States.

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