In recent history, wildfires have become all but synonymous with the state of California. However, even with record-breaking fire season predictions, the number of wildfires throughout the state is down by 90%.
According to Cal Fire’s recent yearly statistics and a report by Curbed, the number of reported fires in California is sitting at 3198 and have only burned 23,748 acres of land. While that number may sound high, it really isn’t when compared to the average statistics for the state over the last five years. In fact, the five-year average for the same period is 3753 fires and 254,395 acres burned. That marks a 90% drop in acreage burned when you compare the 2019 fire statistics with the ones that average over the last five years.
However, even though these numbers may seem positive, Cal Fire cautions that:
“These are preliminary numbers and will likey change as dispatched wildfires may end up being other types of fires or false alarms. These numbers are subject to change until the final fire season reports are completed and tabulated.” – Cal Fire
So, while things are looking good for the 2019 California wildfire season, take the current statistics with a massive helping of salt. Additionally, don’t let these numbers lull you into a false sense of fire safety and security. Continue to maintain defensible space around your property and keep watch over evacuation and fire notices in your area. Remember, the fire season isn’t over yet, and we could still see several more wildfires throughout the state of California this year.