, which began raging earlier this week in Northern California, are now putting the region on track to outpace last year’s deadly fire season
, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).
Fires last year forced the state to pay close to $10 billion in damages
. At this point, the number of fires and acreage burned in 2018 is higher than the same six-month period last year, totaling far above the five-year average.
The Western state’s continuous battle with drought along with unusually high temperatures and dry vegetation has led to the perfect storm for this weekend’s fire. Similar conditions set the stage for California’s most destructive and deadliest fire last year, worrying officials that this year’s fire season is off to a bad start. Three thousand people have been forced from their homes, destroying around twenty buildings so far.