Drought conditions could worsen California wildfires that have already burned 5 times more land this year than same time last year
Wildfires have burned roughly 14,000 acres in California this year as a deepening drought grips the Southwest — more than five times the acreage charred by the same time last year. It’s a worrying trend that has fire officials taking a proactive approach — from more funding to wildfire prevention to hiring additional crews — after the state saw its worst fire season ever in 2020. Only five months into the year, a total of 2,340 fires have burned 14,340 acres, an increase of 1,284 fires and 11,793 acres over the same period in 2020, according to new data from Cal Fire.
- San Francisco Chronicle: Newsom calls for record spending to confront California’s looming wildfire season
- The Conversation: Western fires are burning higher in the mountains at unprecedented rates in a clear sign of climate change
- Wildfire Today: Drought has killed junipers in Arizona and blue oaks in the San Francisco Bay Area
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation news release: Reclamation announces support for wildfire restrictions issued for Arizona, Southern Nevada, and Southern California