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  • A red flag warning was issued in parts of northern California.
  • A rise in temperature mixed with dry conditions and high winds have created ample fire conditions.
  • The state’s fire season typically begins in the summer.

Parts of northern California are under a “red flag” fire warning in the month of May for the first time since 2014.

Typically, California’s fire season begins during the summer and continues into autumn. However, the warning comes amid hot weather, high winds and dry conditions in the area. 


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Temperatures are set to be 15 degrees higher than average today, and combined with wind gusts up to 40 mph, are creating ripe conditions for fires in the area.

The red flag warning will expire after 11 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

California has faced an increasing number of powerful wildfires in recent years, with 2020 being the worst fire season in the West’s history.

Just last month, California’s leaders announced $536 million would be invested toward hiring more firefighters, forest management and making homes fire-resistant.


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Published on May 04, 2021