EL CAJON – Cal Fire has provided periodic updates on current statewide wildland fire statistics throughout 2017. Early on, the organization recognized that California was experiencing an unprecedented increase in the total number of fires as well as total acres burned.
According to Cal Fire San Diego, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017, Cal Fire was called to 7,117 fires over 505,956 acres for local incidents, 2,016 fires over 742,650 acres for federal incidents and 9,133 fires over 1,248,606 acres combined. The numbers for 2016 were lower at 4,785 fires over 244,319 acres, and an average 4,835 fires over 202,786 acres.
California had 80 new wildfires in December, of which 75 were within Cal Fire’s jurisdiction, and these totals do not including the more than 281,600 acres that burned in the Thomas Fire.
With the new year, those fire numbers will reset and become the history that Cal Fire measures all future years fires against, but despite the reset in statistics, the fire danger in San Diego remains elevated, the fire agency said.
Wildland fire prevention and preparedness are a year-round effort, Cal Fire San Diego said. For tips on personal and family preparation, visit www.readyforwildfire.org and www.readysandiego.org. Additionally, Cal Fire maintains an app for iOS and Android devices that can be found by searching “Ready For Wildfire” in their respective app stores.