California seeing more wildfires but sustaining less damage

Jul 27, 2015 7:19 PM by News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say more wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared to the same period of 2014 but efforts to confine and extinguish the latest blazes have been more successful than in the past.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Monday that spurts of unseasonably rainy weather combined with the availability of hundreds of additional firefighters paid for with emergency drought funding have made a big difference in fighting the fires.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that since Jan. 1, state firefighters have responded to nearly 3,900 blazes- a 41 percent increase from the same period last year.

However, the fires this year have burned 28 percent less area than the blazes last year.

The U.S. Forest Service said the total number of wildfires on federal and state land - 5,200 - has jumped 10 percent since the year started but 6 percent less land has burned compared to last year.

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