The deadliest, most destructive fire season in California history ended on Monday for some California counties as rain and cooler temperatures have lowered the threat of wildfires.
Residents of Mendocino, Lake, and Butte counties — who have experienced some of the worst wildfires in the state — are technically out of fire season.
Cal Fire's Scott McLean said the agency has reduced staff but is ready to act if needed. “This vegetation that we're dealing with right now can dry out at the snap of a finger,” McLean said. “So we're cognizant of that, and we are and will remain prepared.”
Firefighters across the state battled more than 6,200 wildfires this year, according to Cal Fire. That's 12 percent more fires than average.
More than 876,000 acres were burned.