California Wildfire Season Already Off to a Fast Start
May 6, 2021
Source: The Weather Channel
At a Glance
- Wildfires have already consumed 18 square miles more this year than at this same time last year.
- More than 6,390 square miles burned last year, the largest wildfire season in California’s recorded history.
- Drought is making this year particularly worrisome.
California officials have warned that this year’s wildfire season could quickly become the worst on record.
Already fires have burned 18 square miles more than had burned by this time last year, according to new figures from Cal Fire.
Since Jan. 1, more than 20 square miles have burned in more than 1,950 fires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. That includes fires on all lands in California, including land controlled by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Less than 3 square miles burned in the same time span in 2020.
Overall, however, more than 6,390 square miles burned in 10,431 wildfires in California in 2020, the NIFC reported. It was the largest wildfire season recorded in California’s modern history. Five of the state’s largest wildfires happened last year.
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