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California Official Describes ‘Sobering’ Wildfire Season Outlook

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California Official Describes ‘Sobering’ Wildfire Season Outlook

Chief Thom Porter, the director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said about two million acres have burned in the state so far this year and that officials expect “large fire activity to continue for the next three months.”

Last year to date, we had about two million acres burn — this year to date, two million acres. We are on par with where we were last year. That’s sobering. And that is the new reality. That’s what we’re looking at. For a two million-acre year at this point, that puts us a right at about midpoint of the number of acres burned, that burned in 2020. And we could be in the same boat. So while we did have the long weekend, some have turned to a looking forward as if this is now fall — summer season is over. We’re right smack in the middle of wildfire peak season. And so everybody needs to remain vigilant, needs to remain ready to call 911 if you see smoke in the air and evacuate if orders come. Our predictive services have put out their three-month outlook for September through December. And for September through December, the entire state shows drier, more wind events and large fire activity to continue for the next three months.

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