Wildfires rage for weeks in California

Sept. 26, 2006 at 1:33 PM
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SACRAMENTO, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- California is having one of its worst wildfire seasons, with major fires around the state that have been burning for weeks.

Near Los Angeles, the effort to contain the Day Fire in Los Padres National Forest is in its fourth week, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. In the northern part of the state, the Bar Complex fire, formed by the merger of two wildfires in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, is less than half contained after two months, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News said.

Almost 400,000 acres have burned around the state.

What hit the state was a combination of a wet spring that allowed grass to grow long and lush followed by a very dry summer that dried out the new growth, the Mercury News said.

"The weather has definitely worked against us this year,'' Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the newspaper. "And historically our busiest time is September and October.''

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