Wet winter could mean blazing summer for fire season

  • Source: Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta - Metered Site
  • Published: 04/11/2019 07:48 PM

Last year, California experienced some of its most destructive and deadliest wildfires in history. The Camp Fire, which swept through Paradise last November, incinerated 153,336 acres, destroyed more than 18,000 structures and killed 85 people. The wildfire sparked several months after the containment of two summer wildfires in Central Valley national parks. The Ferguson Fire, the second wildfire near Yosemite National Park in just as many years, filled the park and surrounding communities with smoke and rained ash for days. In total, the fire destroyed 96,901 acres in just over a month and caused the park to close historic attractions — a rare occurrence, according to park officials. Days after the start of the Ferguson Fire, Sequoia National Park was hit with a fire of its own. Horse Creek Fire, which started after a lightning strike, engulfed parts of the John Krebs Wilderness Area along the East Fork of the Kaweah River and the Horse Creek drainage.


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