Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — California is burning.
That might sound like an alarming statement, but it’s a fact. Take a look at any of the various state maps that indicate where wildfires are currently burning. The maps are dotted with red. And we haven’t even reached the peak fire season yet.
That, however, is not entirely true. In 2014, fire season arrived early. Actually, it never left. After two years of record drought we are living in the middle of a tinderbox. Our forests are so dangerously dry the governor declared a state of emergency in early June. In May Governor Jerry Brown told us to brace for one of the worst fire seasons ever.
The statistics tell the story. From Jan. 1 to July 7, there have already been 2,990 wildfires in the state. Fortunately, most of them have been quickly contained. They have burned 24,218 acres.
For the full Editorial and Opinions, read the Tuesday, July 15, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.