Cal Fire seeing 20 percent increase in fires

The triple threat of higher temperatures, less rainfall and drier conditions than normal has fire officials on alert for even more wildfires in an already “destructive year,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported.

“Cal Fire crews remain prepared to respond to wildfires, but we are asking the public to take steps to help prevent fires during this unusually dry fall,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of Cal Fire, explaining that the state has “already experienced a significant increase in fire activity this year,” and the heat and dry conditions are creating an “above-normal potential for large fires in many parts of the state.”

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