Thursday, April 9, 2015

California Already Above Average for Fires

Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, CA 2013. Source: Accuweather.  
Cal Fire has already responded to 588 fires, up from an average of 412 for the same three-month period.  "We attribute the increase in the number of fires over the past several years to the effects of the ongoing drought," CALFIRE Chief Ken Pimlott told AccuWeather.com.

As of March 31, 2015, more than 93 percent of the state was experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions. The state's total snowpack was only 5 percent of average, forecasting a dire situation for reservoirs in the months ahead. 

Across the West, fire agencies are getting ready now - bringing on full staff in some areas as many as six to eight weeks ahead of normal.  See article here.


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