Severe wildfires have torn through more than 10,000 acres of San Diego County for four days, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes. And the crippling drought that has plagued California for more than two years is only exacerbating the situation.
?The drought has set the stage for a very busy, very long, potentially very dangerous fire season,? Daniel Berlant, a spokesperson for Cal Fire, told The Huffington Post. While the state?s fire season usually peaks during summer and fall months, dry conditions have rendered wildfires a year-round issue. ?With that lack of rain, the grass, brush and trees really have been tinder-dry all year long,? he added.