So the Fires Seem Bad This Year But Are They Really? Wildfires by the Numbers
Are the fires really as bad as they seem this year? How do the ones raging across California this season compare to those in years past?
Let’s take a quick look:
- For January 1, 2014 through September 2014 there were 3,638 fires and 90,894 acres burned.
- But for this year in the same time period, there are 5,225 fires and 217,827 acres burned.
- The average for Cal Fire for the same time period, is 3,642 fires and 84,526 acres burned.
Do a little math and you can see that this year, so far, 133,301 more acres than average burned in Cal Fire controlled areas.
That is an enormous jump….
And we haven’t even added in the acreage from fires on federal land (Most of the large fires in Trinity County this year are on Federal land.)
That was the long answer to the question of whether the fires are really as bad as they seem. The short answer is …they are far, far worse than any we have experienced before.