Investigating just the California wildfire season, June through October, helps clarify the relationship between drought and fire. All major fires and fire seasons since August 1996 have occured during drought years. Importantly, it is clear that the relationship between drought and wildfire is particularly driven by a set of five to ten months over the past decade with particularly large fires. Future investigation into these specific fires could be valuable for developing fire management strategies that will be particularly effective during droughts.
That's a very bad sign for California's wildfire season
The 2014 California wildfire season is finally winding down. No doubt the number of wildfires continues to increase given the state’s ongoing drought problem. Through the end of October this year, there were approximately 5,400 wildfires compared to approximately 4,400 – the 5 year average for the same January-October interval.1
California Prepares for Serious Wildfire Season - VOA
LOS ANGELES— California is bracing for a serious wildfire season