Hotter temperatures mean more fires in California this year

Hotter temperatures for longer periods have created a busier-than-usual year for wildfires, especially in Northern California, a Cal-Fire spokesman said Thursday. As of Sept. 22, the state fire department had battled 5,070 blazes, 1,300 more than last year.

Typically, the extreme hot weather common in August and September has begun to ease by now, but “we haven’t seen that relief this year in our temperatures,” said Daniel Berlant, a Cal-Fire spokesman.

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