Aug 5, 2015

California's Devastating Fire Season Is the New Normal

California
USA
by
Tim McDonnell
,
Mother Jones
The Rocky Fire outside Santa Rosa is the biggest wildfire in California this week. Hector Amezcua/ZUMA
The Rocky Fire outside Santa Rosa is the biggest wildfire in California this week. Hector Amezcua/ZUMA

Since the beginning of the year, the number of acres burned has topped 100,000, more than twice the average of the past five years and more than burned in all of 2014. So the wildfire situation is indeed dire. But federal records show that it actually isn't too far above the longer-term average. In other words, thanks in part to global warming, nasty fire seasons are just par for the course in California these days.