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Wildfires 2021 Thread

Unread postby Tanada » Wed 03 Mar 2021, 23:08:14

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Wildfires in California already nearly triple the statewide average

Even though it's only February, California has begun the year with already more than double the number of wildfires than in the first month of 2020 — a record-setting year.

And the number of acres burned on non-federal land last month was more than 20 times the state’s 5-year average for January.

While the rain and snow of the past week may make last year’s fire season seem like a distant memory, the numbers are a reminder that wildfires have become more common year-round in California.

During January, there were 297 fires that burned 1,171 acres statewide on non-federal land, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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During the same period last year, there were 97 wildfires throughout the state that burned 22 acres. The five-year average for January is 108 fires, with 58 acres burned, according to Cal Fire.

For Shasta County and the eastern half of Trinity County, there were seven wildfires in January, according to Cheryl Buliavac, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire’s Shasta-Trinity Ranger Unit. The ranger unit’s five-year average for January is one fire, she said.

While January finished with rain and snow storms, wind and dry conditions settled over some parts of the state earlier in the month, said Christine McMorrow, a Cal Fire spokeswoman.

There was a red flag warning in Southern California, and “quite a few fires popped up in that time.” There were also windy conditions in parts of Central and Northern California, she said.

“So why more fires than last year? It’s really hard to say exactly,” McMorrrow said. “But we did have quite a few fires pop a couple of weeks ago, and I think it’s just a good reminder that the majority, 95 percent, of fires are human caused. And when we have conditions that are just right, such as wind and low humidity it’s easy for those fires to get big enough that the fire department needs to be called.”

The biggest fire of the year, so far, was 685 acres on the Wind Wolves Preserve in southwest Kern County. But not all of the fires were in Southern California. Cal Fire has reported wildfires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

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McMorrow said many fires are put out before they become large enough to garner headlines.

When including fires on U.S. Forest Service lands, the number for January jumps to 345 from about 300, according to Cal Fire.

McMorrow said it’s too early to predict how the fire season will shake out during the summer and fall based on what happens in the middle of winter.

However, precipitation totals continue to lag, putting most of the state in an ongoing drought. As of Jan. 26, most of the state was in severe to extreme drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

Even after last week’s snow and rain storm, rainfall totals for the Redding area also are far below normal for the second year in a row.

While the normal rainfall for January is 5.96 inches, this year 4.93 inches of precipitation fell at the Redding Municipal Airport, according to the National Weather Service. Rain and snowfall totals are also well below average for the water year, which begins Oct. 1.

Since the beginning of October 2020 until Jan. 31, 8.78 inches of rain and snow fell at the Redding airport. The normal for this time of year is 18.81 inches, according to the weather service.

Drought conditions, however, reflect more than just rainfall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. When the agency sets drought levels, it also measures how much water is in streams, lakes, and soils compared to the usual for the same time of year.

For the past couple years, the North State’s three major water storage reservoirs have been well below average.

On Monday, Lake Shasta was at 69% of average for this time of year; Trinity Lake was at 72% of average, and Lake Oroville was at 54% of average, according to the California Department of Water Resources.


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Re: Wildfires 2021 Thread

Unread postby jedrider » Thu 04 Mar 2021, 14:27:13

Not enough rain in California this year. The good thing is that not much brush can grow without the rain. The bad news is that we will be dryer and hotter than ever.
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Re: Wildfires 2021 Thread

Unread postby Plantagenet » Sat 06 Mar 2021, 13:09:28

jedrider wrote:Not enough rain in California this year. The good thing is that not much brush can grow without the rain. The bad news is that we will be dryer and hotter than ever.


Don't worry.

John Kerry will fly out there in his private jet if you have more fires and tell you how Joe Biden is against climate change, so you'll be OK.

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