While the relatively low number of wildfires across Northern California in July may seem like a good thing, a forecast from the National Interagency Fire Center suggests the opposite.
The latest report, which echoes others from previous years at this time, shows most of the northern part of the state including the Bay Area having "above normal" risk for "significant fire." The situation has to do with an especially wet winter and an abundance of fuel on the ground as a result, which is now hitting its driest point as winds pick up in the coming months.
As KPIX reports, Captain Justin Hartman of Cal Fire in Napa says "we have seen that kind of weather pattern in the past,” and we could be headed for an especially active fire season.
"When all three [wind, heat, and abundant fuel] align, [that] definitely creates something that’s really hard for us to control — with the wind speeds up to about 50 miles an hour it’s really hard to get ahead of these fires and stop it," Hartman says.