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California wildfires: Expert predicts ‘busy June’ as lack of rain, early heatwaves ripen plants for fire danger

SAN JOSE, California – Many locals went out to enjoy the beautiful weather that broke records in the Gulf region on Tuesday, but climate scientists did not necessarily enjoy the warm temperatures.

A fire expert believes that hot days like today can lead to an increased risk of fire.

March 2022 in the bay area looks more like a summer flavor with temperatures in the ’70s and’ 80s and record highs falling across the area.

It was a perfect day to enjoy the sun.

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“The human body loves warm, sunny skies,” said San Jose resident Chris Malkaster. “This is one of the nice days we’ve had this week. It’s wonderful, the rain is not as desirable as the sun for sure.”

Well, do not tell this to anyone who closely monitors drought and climate.

While it is true that it is good to get a little vitamin D, Professor Craig Clements of the SJSU Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center says that these record temperatures are not really good for our environment.

“Any of these heat waves that we have so early in the spring help dry out the fuel. So, it could really increase our fire risk earlier than we would normally see in late spring, early summer,” he said. Clements.

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We enjoy beautiful green slopes in the area, but more days like today could make this green into a cafe.

In fact, Clements says the plants are drying out, or “curing,” about a month earlier than last year.

Lawn fires normally start in June, but he says natural fuel may be ready to catch fire as early as May.

“Most of the big fires really start on the grass,” Clements said. “Grass fuel burns very hot, very easily, and can then be transported to the bushes and forest. So we could actually see more fires due to the early healing of the grass.”

So what is the magic cure for this cure? Well, rain of course.

It was a historically dry winter, but Clemens said some rain in late spring would make it too far.

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Otherwise, it can be another difficult summer for fires.

“The outlook looks pretty bleak in terms of what to expect for next season,” Clements said. “Given that we are in this severe drought, our grass is already healing at the beginning of the season, the fuel humidity is below normal throughout Northern California, we could actually say we will have a pretty busy June. in terms of fires “.

So, such days are nice, but here we have to hope for some rain.

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