The first week of May officially marked the beginning of California’s fire season. There are many concerned that this year’s fire season could be particularly dangerous because of the severe drought over the last few years. However, if you ask most state firefighters, they will tell you that fire season is now year round due to the drought. In fact, according to a May 8th article by Time.com, California firefighters have already fought 120 fires on National Forest land this year.
U.S. Forest department expects the number of fires to increase this year in California and some of them can be attributed to the 12 million trees that have died throughout California due to this severe drought. These dead trees are natural fuel sources for wildfires.
It’s imperative that anyone hiking or camping in the forest lands, recreation areas or parks, be responsible with flammable substances. Adhere to all fire rules, don’t litter and pay attention to your surroundings. Although we can’t prevent the wildfires caused by natural conditions, we can prevent the needless ones that are man made.
Check out my photo essay on the state wildfires from 2014.