Wildland Firefighting

California Officials: Fire Season May be Worst in 100 Years

Southern California fire officials warned that the state should take caution during a brutal fire season that projections suggest could be the worst to hit the region in a century, reports NBC News.

The warning comes nearly a week after a monstrous wildfire began to cut a deadly path through Colorado Springs, killing two people and destroying nearly 500 homes.

California officials advised that projected weather conditions — a menacing mix of warm, dry Santa Ana winds and scant rainfall — may make the looming fire season similarly devastating

“Fire conditions in southern California are at levels we have not seen in many, many years,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said. “That is the case across all of California.”

The fire on the forecast are expected to wreak extensive havoc across wide swaths of the state, endangering lives and natural resources, Pimlott said.

Officials are bracing for roughly 2,600 fires across 51,000 acres — a 75 percent increase from the annual average over the last five years, according to Pimlott.

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