California is set for another record year of wildfires as the state enters its most dangerous months, with extreme heat and dry terrain creating the conditions for rapid spread.
More than twice as many acres burned in the first six months of this year than in the same period last year – and hundreds more fires, officials said.
June saw a series of destructive fires that swept through rural counties on the state’s northern edge, fueled by a historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. But July is already shaping up to be worse.
The Sugar fire had spread to 83,256 acres by Sunday, making it the largest so far this year in California. Flames swept through the small town of Doyle, destroying homes and other structures. Triggered by lightning in the Plumas National Forest, it forced 3,000 to flee their homes in Plumas and Lassen counties.