California and Arizona are in the midst of the 2014 fire season. Even though summer just began, San Diego County alone has faced nearly a dozen wildfires that blackened more than 26,000 acres of land and caused over $20 million in damage. Luckily no one was killed in the blazes, but a fire fighter was injured
and thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes.
California is experiencing a prolonged, extreme drought.
A premature spring caused the snowpack to melt and infiltrate the soil
earlier than normal, meaning that our forests are much drier than they
should be. Moving into the summer, the combination of unseasonably high
temperatures, dry land, dead trees, low humidity and hot winds has left
parts of California highly combustible.
To find out more about wildfires and what you can do to prevent them click here.