Fire experts issued a dire warning Friday: California residents can expect the frequency of wildfires to increase over last year.
Significant rainfall brought an increase in grasses, and as those dry out during what’s expected to be a hotter-than-normal summer, lower elevations will be vulnerable. Like last year, the greatest fire potential will occur from October through December, experts say, as the Santa Ana winds pick up.
Officials are expecting numerous grass fires of between 5 and 150 acres to burn during June. Several spot fires have already broken out across the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
But those burn areas are expected to nearly double in July — to around 250 acres — and balloon to 1,500-5,000 acres by September and October. Like last year, the worst could come in November, when experts warn that fires of more than 5,000 acres could break out.
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