Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Injustice

San Diego Readies For Long Fire Season

Following the Dixie Fire, flames burn in a tree in the Canyondam area of Plum...

Photo by Noah Berger / Associated Press

Above: 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:

KPBS Midday Edition Segments podcast branding

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 ... Read more →

Aired: September 13, 2021 |

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Midday Edition banner

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.