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Statistics suggest dramatic shift in California fire behavior this month

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Statistics suggest dramatic shift in California fire behavior this month

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Updated: 12:35 PM PDT Jun 20, 2024

THIS WILDFIRE BEHAVIOR ACTUALLY IS. MIKE TESELLE IS LIVE IN SAC COUNTY NOW TO TALK ABOUT HOW QUICKLY THOSE CONDITIONS CHANGE. WE ARE STANDING RIGHT ALONG JACKSON HIGHWAY AND BEHIND ME. IF I STEP OUT OF THE WAY, THIS IS THE EVIDENCE OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST GRASS FIRES RECENTLY THAT FORCED EVACUATIONS, THREATENED HOMES, AND NOW SYMBOLIZES A CLEAR SHIFT IN FIRE BEHAVIOR IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. IF YOU REMEMBER, THREE WEEKS AGO, I WAS STANDING AMONG THE TALL GRASS, STILL GREEN GRASSES, REPORTING ON HOW SLOW THE START TO THE FIRE SEASON WAS BECAUSE BACK ON MAY 29TH, STATEWIDE, CAL FIRE STATS SHOW THAT THE WILDFIRE STARTS WERE DOWN NEARLY 50% FROM THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. BUT LOOK AT THE DRAMATIC SHIFT TO NOW. SINCE THEN, THE NUMBER OF ACRES BURNED STATEWIDE IS NEARLY FIVE TIMES THE AMOUNT THAT WOULD NORMALLY HAVE BURNED ON AVERAGE BY THIS DATE. FOR COMPARISON’S SAKE, THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE 16,000 ACRES BURNED STATEWIDE, BUT AS OF THE LATEST CAL FIRE UPDATE, MORE THAN 89,000 ACRES HAVE ALREADY BURNED. FOR PERSPECTIVE, 89,000 ACRES IS ROUGHLY 75%. THE SIZE OF LAKE TAHOE. SO. SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN? WELL, EVERY FIRE SEASON DOES DEPEND ON DIFFERENT WEATHER FACTORS LIKE WIND, HEAT, AND DRY CONDITIONS. BUT BURNED LAND LIKE THIS, COUPLED WITH THOSE STATS, SUGGESTS THAT WHAT WAS A SLOW START TO THE FIRE SEASON HAS FLIPPED, AND NOW CONDITIONS ARE READY TO BURN. IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY, MIKE TESELLE KCRA THREE NEWS. ALL RIGHT. THANKS SO MUCH, MIKE. AND WE DO HAVE THE VERY LATEST INFORMATION ON ALL THE FIRES BURNING IN OUR AREA, CONDITIONS REPOPULATING AND RESOURCES. JUST HEAD TO OUR KCRA 3 WEBSITE

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Statistics suggest dramatic shift in California fire behavior this month

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Updated: 12:35 PM PDT Jun 20, 2024

In less than a month, wildfire activity statewide has flipped from a slow start to the fire season, into a rapidly growing burning season, according to Cal Fire statistics.At the end of May, statewide fire statistics showed that the start of the traditional fire season was lagging behind the 5-year average.On May 29, the number of Cal Fire wildland fires was only 942, compared to a 5-year average of 1608.The latest statistics display a significant change in fire behavior, as the current acreage burned stands at 89,784 acres.Within the last two weeks, several large fires have started across Northern California in Calaveras and San Joaquin counties. The 5-year average for acres burned is only 16,065.The increase in acres burned comes even as the overall number of wildland fires continues to lag below the 5-year average.

In less than a month, wildfire activity statewide has flipped from a slow start to the fire season, into a rapidly growing burning season, according to Cal Fire statistics.

At the end of May, statewide fire statistics showed that the start of the traditional fire season was lagging behind the 5-year average.

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On May 29, the number of Cal Fire wildland fires was only 942, compared to a 5-year average of 1608.

The latest statistics display a significant change in fire behavior, as the current acreage burned stands at 89,784 acres.

Within the last two weeks, several large fires have started across Northern California in Calaveras and San Joaquin counties.

The 5-year average for acres burned is only 16,065.

The increase in acres burned comes even as the overall number of wildland fires continues to lag below the 5-year average.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.