California’s record-setting 2021 wildfire season could run into December.
Tinder-box-like conditions in parched Northern California could mean fires there run all the way toward the end of the year, Anthony Scardina, deputy regional forester for the Forest Service, said, according to The Associated Press.
In Southern California, fires raging in September could burn until December as well, he said.
The 2021 wildfire season is already on pace to set a record for acreage burned, according to data from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.
Through Thursday, fires tracked by Cal Fire and the US Forest Service had burned 1,470,637 acres — far surpassing the 920,165 scorched through that date in 2020.
Wildfires burn nearly year-round in the West, Scardina said, whereas fire seasons used to vary by region, according to AP. This creates a difficult situation for firefighters.
“But the problem is all of those seasons are starting to overlap,” Scardina told the AP. “We start to get stretched thin.”
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