Wildfire peak season has arrived in California


Traditionally, California’s wildfire season occurs in late summer and fall. However, the fire ‘season’ has been extended, including a wildfire in Big Sur in January of this year that burned nearly 700 acres in the past few years. Because there are drought conditions worse A particularly intense fire season is expected in California as the terrain dries out and water levels drop.

So far in 2022 9,000 acres According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire (CAL FIRE), fires have already been burned across the state. In May alone, there were 10 incidents that totaled over 1,403 acres.

Central California is already majority This month is a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service if weather conditions could cause a fire. Typically, this includes a combination of warm, dry and windy conditions.

This week, Cal Fire officially said: peak fire season It was in progress. In an effort to support this, thousands of powerful AlertWildfire video camera systems have been installed across the state to monitor fire-prone landscapes. More than half of these cameras were installed within the footprint of California utility company Pacific Gas & Electric. majority forest fires.

California isn’t the only country affected by wildfires. Drought conditions and wildfire threats are spreading across the western United States. exorbitant wildfire, bigger than Los Angeles, is now burning across New Mexico after two fires merged. The seven-week fire has been occurring near Santa Fe and has been suppressed by 40%.

California wildfires can be tracked through CAL FIRE. incident database.

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