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Fire hazard warning issued for state

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Cal Fire has issued a warning that below-normal rainfall and above-average temperatures have created above-normal potential for large fires in many parts of the state.

"California has already experienced a significant increase in fire activity this year," said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of Cal Fire. "Crews remain prepared to respond to wildfires, but we are asking the public to take steps to help prevent fires during this unusually dry fall."

Already this year, Cal Fire has responded to over 5,300 wildfires, which is more than 1,300 above last year's responses, and nearly 20 percent more than average. From these fires nearly 130,000 acres burned, over 75,000 more than last year. National forests, parks and other federally owned lands have seen their fair share of fires this year including a 270,000-acre fire that burned its way into the record books, becoming the second largest wildfire in California's history. In August the Rush Fire charred 271,911 acres in Lassen County on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Historically, California experiences its largest and most damaging wildfires in the late fall months, the Cal Fire release says. "The potential this year is no exception, with no significant rainfall in sight. The result is an above normal potential for large wildfires in October for most of Northern California including the Bay Area, as well as much of Southern California from Santa Barbara down to San Diego County." ...


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