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USOfficials Warn Upcoming Wildfire Season Could Be Worse Than Last Year

06:10  14 june  2019
06:10  14 june  2019 Source:   newsy.com

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US Forest Service and Interior Department officials warned senators Thursday that the upcoming wildfire season would be worse than last year 's, which left dozens of people dead in California, saying that "if we ' re lucky, this year will simply be a challenging one."

US Forest Service and Interior Department officials warned senators Thursday that the upcoming wildfire season would be worse than last year 's, which left dozens of people dead Rupert went on to recount some of harsh statistics from the end of last year ’s season which ravaged parts of the west.

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Government officials are warning that the upcoming wildfire season has the potential to be even more devastating than last year's.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Thursday to discuss the wildfire outlook for the 2019 season. Director of Fire Aviation and Management for the U.S. Forest Service Shawna Legarza told the panel that despite "less than average fire activity" so far this year, there's still a good chance of "significant large fires this summer across California and the West Coast ... as conditions become drier." She added that the "Forest Service estimates a total of nearly 80 million acres are at risk from uncharacteristically severe wildfires."

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US Forest Service and Interior Department officials warned senators Thursday that the upcoming wildfire season would be worse than last year ’s “We know that our predictive services is showing that it’s going to start to increase, that we could have a very significant fire year again,” Legarza said

Last year ’s season was historically devastating: 7,068 wildfires burned roughly four million hectares of land, according to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire But Alberta wildfire officials got a jump on the long and busy season by declaring March 1 as the official start date to the forest fire season , up

Director of the Office of Wildland Fire for the Interior Department Jeff Rupert echoed her sentiments, saying, "It's hard to imagine a repeat of [last year's wildfires], but this is the potential reality that we face again this year."

Last November's Camp Fire in northern California left at least 85 people dead, scorched over 153,000 acres and destroyed almost 19,000 structures, making it the state's deadliest and most destructive fire on record. Last week, President Donald Trump signed a disaster relief bill that includes billions of dollars in aid for California wildfire victims.

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