Drought across Northern California, below average snowpack in the High Sierra and a forecast for May to be warmer and drier are pointing to “above normal potential for large wildfires by midsummer” according to the National Interagency Fire Center. “High pressure seems to be building over the West, which will dry us out and promote an early fire season,” according to climatologist Bill Patzert. “This is a pattern that has become more frequent in past decades, leading to earlier and longer-lasting fire seasons.”




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