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A Bad Omen For 2021? There Were 297 Wildfires in California in January

USA TODAY - It's not supposed to be wildfire season in California. Yet, a month into 2021, the Golden State has more than doubled the number of wildfires in 2020 – a record-setting year with more than 9,600 blazes that blackened more than 4 million acres.

And the number of acres burned on nonfederal land last month was more than 20 times the state’s five-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, those numbers are a reminder that wildfires have become a year-round concern in the nation's most populous state.

In January, 297 fires consumed 1,171 acres statewide on nonfederal lands, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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

USA Today is an internationally distributed American daily middle-market newspaper that is the flagship publication of its owner, Gannett. Founded by Al Neuharth on September 15, 1982, it operates from Gannett's corporate headquarters in Tysons, Virginia.



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