California’s Wildfire Season Is Off to an Early Start

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The Bobcat Fire is seen burning the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County, California, on September 17, 2020. Kyle Grillot / AFP / Getty Images

Fire weather is coming early to California this year.

For the first time since 2014, parts of Northern California are seeing a May “red flag” fire warning due to dry and windy conditions.

“It’s crazy, May and a red-flag warning,” Craig Clements, San Jose State University Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center director, told The Mercury News.

The warning coverage area extends from Redding in the north to Modesto in the south, and includes portions of the Central Valley and the state capital of Sacramento. The warning also extends to the eastern edges of the Bay Area, The Mercury News reported. The warning, first announced Sunday, is expected to last through 5 p.m. PT Tuesday afternoon.

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