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The Ongoing Fire Season and Its Contribution to California’s Disaster History

It’s June 26, 2018, and the governor has declared the first State of Emergency as a result of wildfire this “season.” The Pawnee Fire began burning in Lake County on June 23, and has already burned over 8,000 acres. So, there’s one question that seems to be going around — ‘what does the future hold for wildfires in California this season?’ Well, if anyone could accurately predict that they’d be living large with riches beyond belief.

Rusty Witwer, a veteran California firefighter whose career began in 1968 with CalFire, may have the best answer to that when he recently told the New York Times he’d “ ‘never bet his pink slip’ predicting a fire season”… referring to what many in the business are calling “’the new normal’ a term now commonly applied to the state’s worsening fire seasons as a result of cyclical drought, climate change and the ceaseless drive to populate fire-prone areas.”

To see a list of disaster declarations for the last ten years in California, along with their details, click here.

 

Find out more information about the Pawnee Fire on CAL FIRE’s Incident website here.

Find out more about the Creek Fire on CAL FIRE’s Incident website here.

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Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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