Aug 18, 2016

Expert: ‘Blue Cut Fire is the new normal’

Cajon Pass, California
USA
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Southern California Public Radio
A firefighter watches the Blue Cut wildfire burning near Cajon Pass, north of San Bernardino, California on August 16, 2016. Photo: Ringo Chiu, AFP, Getty
A firefighter watches the Blue Cut wildfire burning near Cajon Pass, north of San Bernardino, California on August 16, 2016. Photo: Ringo Chiu, AFP, Getty

This particularly devastating start to fire season has many wondering whether this is the ‘new normal’ in California.

Char Miller, professor of environmental analysis at Pomona College, has a blunt answer: Yes. 

He said the Californians we build and live can worsen fire risks, and what we might be able to expect in fire seasons to come. Speaking with Airtalk's Patt Morrison, Miller emphasized that the problems that have exacerbated the Blue Cut Fire are in part man-made.

This fire season has been particularly bad, he said, but the Blue Cut Fire could be just the beginning.

“It already has been a [rough] fire season,” Miller said. “But this is only August. If the heat which often accelerates in September and October winds up with wind and low humidities, and, truthfully, human error and arson, this could be a difficult time for us"