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In recent weeks, news of the devastating wildfires sweeping parts of the US state of California have featured prominently in the news . While most wildfires are started accidentally by humans , weather conditions like wind and drought can exacerbate fires' spread and intensity. Improved understanding of historical wildfire trends and causes can inform fire management and save lives and property. In this exercise, we'll use R to perform exploratory data visualization as we learn about historical wildfire data for the state of California. Exploratory data visualization is an important first step to take when deciding an further analyses of a new data set. If you'd like, you can follow along... Full story

11 February