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Bay Area still ripe for dangerous summer fires

Published Friday June 17

As a wildfire rages near Santa Barbara, closing down Hwy 101 in tinder dry Southern Calif. experts warn that the Bay Area is also at risk of unsafe summer fires nontheless, despite El Niño rains that left Northern Calif. flush with water.

Even though we had useful average or above helpful average amounts of rainfall in much of Northern Calif. we might actually see a accurate early start to the fire season, remarked Max Moritz, a specialist at UC Berkeley’s department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.

Nontheless, despite that, the drought’s impacts linger.

By the end of the summer it will dry out so we might have more fuel to start fires, he said.

Article length: About 710 words.
Tags: Santa Cruz
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