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San Diego Readies For Long Fire Season

Following the Dixie Fire, flames burn in a tree in the Canyondam area of Plumas County, Calif., Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.
Noah Berger / Associated Press
Following the Dixie Fire, flames burn in a tree in the Canyondam area of Plumas County, Calif., Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.

A mixture of higher temperatures and low rainfall totals has San Diego County gearing up for a potentially potent fire season.

San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Gary Robbins joined Midday Edition on Monday to talk about the upcoming challenges the upcoming fire season presents, as well as the latest high-tech strategiesthat help firefighters battle flames more effectively.

Robbins said that "six of the hottest ten years on record in San Diego have occurred since 2014," which has helped to make San Diego's fire season longer and more extreme.

"There's a belief that climate change is causing wildfires to react in more erratic ways, and that poses a lot of problems to firefighters," he said.

Listen to the full interview here:

President Joe Biden is promoting his administration’s use of the Defense Production Act to aid in wildfire preparedness during a Western swing in which he’ll survey wildfire damage California and meet with fire officials in Idaho.