Northern California’s Fire Season May Start Sooner Than Usual

Northern California’s wildfire season could start a couple of months earlier than usual thanks to the bone-dry February. Sonoma County-based fire officials predict it could begin in April or May instead of the usual June without what’s often called a “March Miracle”, when heavy rains have historically rescued an otherwise dry winter. While the lack of rain stunts the growth of potential fuels, it makes existing timber and grasses prematurely ready to burn. Statewide, Cal Fire has already handled about 280 fires this calendar year, compared to just 91 small blazes during last year’s wet January and February.