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2019 California Wildfire Season May Be Worse than 2018
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The 2019 California Wildfire Season May Be Worse Than 2018
2018 was the deadliest wildfire season in the history of California. Let's explore what 2019 might be like. This is a summary of this WaPo Article.
  • According to the National Interagency Fire Center, higher temperatures in the coming weeks will continue to play a major role in the number of wildfires.
  • Even though California had above average rainfall this past winter it is still at an above-normal risk for wildfires this season. 
  • Through August the highest risk zones are the inland valleys and foothill regions. By late October the risks have increased throughout the entire coastal and mountain regions of the state. 
  • Summer Heat >>> Summer Wildfires
  • Fall Winds >>> Fall Wildfires
  • This season has already been active although it has only been so for a few weeks. 
  • Higher elevations have experienced a lighter than normal wildfire season thanks to the long lasting snow and moisture.
  • Above-normal activity is still expected even with the delay from moisture.
  • Last year's higher temperatures in July dried out vegetation much earlier than this year, which has delayed the season a little bit. 
  • As temperatures continue to rise, heat waves can spark new wildfires more easily.
  • A later start to the raining season in fall has correlated with increased fire risk. 
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