Record dry conditions across California could create explosive wildfires at a time when the state should be rehydrating itself, experts warn.
Across California, vegetation that typically rehydrates with rain between December and April continues to get dryer and more dangerous, worrying officials who fear that wildfires will get worse as the fuel gets even dryer.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to 150 wildfires so far. During the same period last January, there were none, and the historic average is 25.
Forecasters say there is little drought relief in sight. The
William Patzert, a climatologist with the
“It’s just explosive,” he said. “The grasses are just, they go up like a match…. Everything is good to go.”
Officials expected to fully contain the 1,952-acre fire by Wednesday.