Properties at risk of wildfire damage in Studio City

STUDIO CITY, CA – Last year, 8,835 wildfires in the Golden State razed 3,629 structures. As California forecast a dry summer, officials prepared to defend homes and businesses across the state from potential fires.

Some 80 million properties in the United States are at risk of being at risk from wildfires, according to a new model and a report by the nonprofit First Street Foundation. About 16% of the country’s population lives in areas prone to wildfire damage, according to a washington post group data analysis.

California has been identified as one of the states with the highest wildfire risk.

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There are 6,810 properties in Studio City at risk of being affected by wildfires over the next 30 years. This represents 75% of all properties in Studio City, according to data from the First Street Foundation.

Extreme drought conditions and rising temperatures are contributing to longer and more destructive wildfire seasons in the Golden State. This year, 1,734 wildfires have already burned 7,464 acres, according to Cal Fire.

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The prolonged dry spell in January was expected to continue into the spring with little precipitation, leaving most of the state in moderate to extreme drought conditions before summer. According to CalFire, dry conditions with above normal temperatures through spring will leave fuel moisture levels lower than normal, increasing the potential for wildfires.

The 2022 fire season officially kicked into high gear when an Orange County wildfire ripped through about 20 homes and hundreds of acres last week. But experts said fire season is more likely to be year-round these days.

“Summer in California no longer signifies the start of fire season. Rather, it signifies that we are about to enter the most difficult six months of a fire season that never ends,” a said Bill Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California. and the West and head of The West on Fire research project, according to USC News.

“Drought and the growing effects of climate change are combining to create the likelihood – even the certainty – of bigger, hotter and more catastrophic fires year after year,” he said.

A significant lack of rain over the past few months will likely set the stage for a dangerous fire season, AccuWeather meteorologists predicted earlier this month.

“Unfortunately, in a nutshell, it looks like it’s going to be another busy season,” he said. “We are seeing a lot of drought. Almost half the country is experiencing drought and most of it is in the west,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel, adding that AccuWeather forecasters “s expect an above average fire season.”

Samuhel said he expects the 2022 season to burn 9.5 million acres of land in the western United States — 130% of the five-year average and 140% of the 10-year average.

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