California is facing wildfires “outside of any normal bounds” as a historic drought turns drying brush and trees into a perfect tinderbox, officials have warned. The state recorded 665 wildfires from 1 January, about three times the average of 225 for this time of year, according to figures compiled by Cal Fire, the state’s department of forestry and fire protection.
Each day without heavy rain deepened the risks of a catastrophic fire season and made it hard to deal with more wildfires if and when they broke out, officials warned. John Laird, the secretary for natural resources, told the Guardian: “This is going to be a fire season outside any normal bounds. Anything could happen at any time.”
Although the wildfire season does not officially start until May in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, locals are adjusting to life on a year-round frontline.
“This is the first time it really hit home that we have this danger,” said Annette Lambert, who lives with her husband and two young children on top of a thickly wooded slope with spectacular canyon views. More than 200 communities across the state, including those overlooking Auburn, were designated fire-risk zones in the drought.
As the wildfire season approaches, departments train to remain proficient and prepared for any scenario they may face. However, as hundreds of additional firefighters converge to support out of control areas, their housing is often the last arrangement. Allow your firefighters to stay in one of our 8 Person Bunkhouse Trailers this wildfire season. With two bathrooms, four bunk beds, a kitchen and a sitting area, the 8 Person Bunkhouse Trailer provides firefighters a place to rest and relax after facing the exhausting heat and stress of wildfires.