Not even soaking rain can ease fire risk in a California hit by record heat, dry landscape

A summer of drought, extreme heat and deadly wildfires will end with much-needed rain this week in parts of California, but it is unlikely to douse...

September 20, 2022
3:18 PM

A summer of drought, extreme heat and deadly wildfires will end with much-needed rain this week in parts of California, but it is unlikely to douse the threat of wind-driven fires this fall in a state scarred by record-setting heat waves and bone-dry landscapes.Although recent rains helped tame some of the state's most active blazes — including the Mosquito fire in El Dorado and Placer counties and the Fairview fire in Riverside — it's too soon to declare fire season over, experts say. In California, occasional bouts of heavy precipitation are proving outmatched by rising temperatures and worsening drought, which can leave vegetation nearly as brittle and fire-prone as it was before the rain.

Hayley Smith