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151% Acres Burned in California Increase 151%

Number of acres burned in California on the rise
Dixie Fire. Photo: Cal-Fire Butte Unit/Butte County Fire Department

By Pamela Cruz. Peninsula 360 Press [P360P

The number of acres burned in California increased by 151 percent compared to 2020, Cal Fire said, and advised the public to be prepared for any eventuality.

Through his Twitter account he pointed out that in 2020 there were 260 thousand 339 acres burned due to five thousand 444 fires; while this year there have been six thousand 091 fires, which have caused the burning of 656 thousand 177.

He recommended preparing an emergency kit in case of wildfire or other disaster and keeping it on hand in case of evacuation and having to be away from home for an extended period of time.

The kit should contain masks, three days' worth of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person; a map with at least two evacuation routes, a change of clothes, flashlight, radio and batteries, extra sets of keys and credit cards, cash and copies of important documents.

State of emergency due to increase in fires

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday proclaimed a state of emergency for Siskiyou County due to the Antelope Fire, and for Nevada and Placer counties due to the River Fire. 

The fires, the governor's office noted in a comunicadoThe fires have collectively burned thousands of acres, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of thousands of residents in the above-mentioned counties.

The governor announced that the state of California was awarded a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support the state's response to the River Fire.

California also recently obtained FMAG assistance to support the response to the Dixie and Lava Fires, while the governor issued an emergency proclamation for counties affected by the Lava Fire and the Beckwourth Complex Fire.

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Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.

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