GREEN TECH MEDIA | The numbers draw a devastating portrait of California’s increasingly destructive wildfires. Last year nearly 8,000 wildfires burned over 250,000 acres of the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Though the state’s 2019 wildfires were severe, 2017 and 2018 were the deadliest and most destructive fire seasons in California’s history, resulting in over 100 deaths and razing thousands of homes.
The 2020 fire season will undoubtedly be challenging. Higher temperatures and a persistent drought driven by climate change have extended the duration of the state’s average fire season by 75 days. As of May, California’s snowpack was at just 37 percent of the average level, an indication of just how dry and combustible conditions are.
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