California has burned over 200,000 acres in just over two weeks, and with the state’s fire season expected to last another three months, officials are scrambling to make sure people are prepared to evacuate.
“We have a great emergency situation here, but we also need to prepare for a natural disaster,” said Gov.
Gavin Newsom, a Democrat.
“We can’t wait for it to happen.”
So far, more than 6,000 people have been displaced from their homes and more than 4,000 have lost their homes.
In addition to the wildfires, the state is also dealing with the effects of climate change, with the warm weather and dry conditions resulting in record rainfall in recent weeks.
As of Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had reported more than 10,000 fires in the state.
And it’s not the only state that has been battling wildfires.
According to a new report by the nonprofit California Forests Alliance, wildfires in the western United States have burned more than 1.4 million acres in 2016.
The wildfires are happening at the same time that the U.S. economy is booming and as many as half of the state could be on fire in a few months, according to the alliance.
“It’s going to take a lot of firefighting to keep us from seeing a real return of drought in the U!
S.,” said Newsom.
“That’s what we’re doing now.”
The state has had plenty of rain in recent months, with heavy rain hitting California on Monday.
It also had a big snow storm last week, with up to three inches falling in parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
So far, the fires are the most destructive on record.
In addition to fire, the region is also facing a severe drought.
On Wednesday, state officials issued a state of emergency for more than 100 counties across the state, and a new drought emergency for the entire state of California.
The state is currently facing its third consecutive dry season, with some areas getting below zero degrees Fahrenheit.