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Four-month fire outlook released

Most of the West is preparing for what could be another wildfire, but what does this mean for the Middle East?

From the rapid spread of the fire in March to the good rains of the past – the fire season may have been short -lived, but it is still knocking on our doors.

“For the Middle East, I’m very happy to see the unexpected little rain we did the last two weeks,” said Christopher Dicus, Professor of Wildland Fire and Fuels Management at Cal Poly.

That rain led to a beautiful scene of the fire season.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, fire damage is predicted to be near normal or slightly below normal for the Central Coast and Southern California.

Fire experts are constantly urging firefighters to be vigilant with the imminent arrival of summer.

“We shouldn’t be fooled because when we have a regular fire season in the Middle East, that means we can have a catastrophic fire every time,” Dicus said. “That’s the norm for the Middle Ages.”

CAL FIRE is changing the nature of the fire season in San Luis Obispo County. The office was equipped with nine fire trucks and four bulldozers. They also hired 54 firefighters in early April.

“Less than 100,000 acres burned around the state has been pretty common in recent years,” said Adam Orozco, Advertising Manager for CAL FIRE SLO. “Now, the stronger the fire, the bigger it is.”

“Local agencies are preparing to send resources to Northern California, which is preparing for what could be a catastrophic fire season.

“A lot of Northern California offices are realizing it’s going to be terrible conditions for the rest of the year until it starts to rain,” Dicus said.

So what makes Northern California fire more efficient than other parts of the state?

“In the Mediterranean, we’re used to being in this Mediterranean ecosystem, this typical time of drought that we have,” Dicus said. “Northern California often gets a lot of rain, they don’t get it.”

CAL FIRE SLO said it was ready to send resources to other parts of the state; however, there are limitations.

“There’s always the consequence of sending resources and having the resources to fill it later,” Orozco said. “We have drawdown levels where we say we can’t send anything because we’ve been taken off.”

CAL FIRE kept the yard burning until the fire was over in SLO County.



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