Such an event would mark a turnabout for what has been a relatively quiet wildfire season in the Golden State. The 272,144 acres burned as of Sept. 8 is well below the 2.32 million acres in the same period a year ago and just 18% of the five-year average, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. The rest of the US has been more active, with 6.3 million acres scorched nationwide, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Europe has also seen record numbers of wildfires, with almost three times as much area burned in 2022 than the average over the past 15 years.
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