As Drought Intensifies, California Seeing More Wildfires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – As California sinks deeper into drought it already has had more than 900 additional wildfires than at this point in 2020. And that was a record-breaking year that saw more than 4% of the state’s land scorched by flames. The danger has prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to propose spending a record $2 billion on wildfire mitigation. That’s double what he had proposed in January, though lawmakers have already approved a quarter of the funding to get a quicker start on an earlier fire season. California’s mountains and foothills are expected to see above-normal wildfire potential from June through August and potentially into the fall.