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Wildfires More Common In California This Year Even Before The Start Of Summer

Jonathan Cox / Cal Fire Communications via AP

In this photo provided by the Cal Fire Communications, firefighters battle a wildfire in an area northeast of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Jonathan Cox / Cal Fire Communications via AP

Summer is just beginning and there have already been 200 more wildfires in California this year compared to last year, according to Cal Fire.

The agency reports that even before this weekend's fires in Lake and Tehama counties, 32,000 acres had burned in the state since the beginning of the year, compared to 19,000 last year.

After forecasters issued extreme high-temperature warnings for Northern California last week, Cal Fire relocated many of its resources to the region.

"We can stage our aircraft. We can stage bulldozers. We can stage inmate crews, as well as engine crews throughout the state in those areas with severe weather conditions like we did here in Northern California," said Scott McLean, a deputy chief for the agency.

Some of those crews and equipment are now headed to the Pawnee Fire near Clearlake, which has burned 8,200 acres, forced evacuations and destroyed homes.

Rainfall totals are about 75 percent of average this year compared to record rainfall last year.

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