AUSTIN, Texas— The California coast has been on fire for more than a week.
A series of storms and floods has left the state reeling.
But it is not clear if the recent events will be a precursor to an all-time record of coastal disasters.
A total of five coastal fires have burned across the state since October, including the most recent at the mouth of the Sacramento River, which erupted in early November.
The state’s wildfire season is not over, but many experts are predicting that the fire season will continue for several months longer than usual.
In the meantime, the state’s coastline remains vulnerable to severe weather.
“We don’t know if the extreme weather will continue or whether we will have more extreme weather,” said Kevin R. Johnson, director of the University of California, Davis Center for Environmental Studies, a nonprofit research institute.
“In the past, if we had had more extreme precipitation, we would have been in a much worse situation.”
The state has also seen several high-profile wildfires in recent months, including an early April blaze that destroyed a ranch and a massive fire that erupted in May that caused $20 billion in damage.
Gavin Newsom recently said the state will be ready to take on a new challenge if the current conditions persist.
“If the drought continues, then we will be going through a fire season,” he said at a press conference.
“And that’s exactly what’s happened here, and we’re not ready.”
On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered the state to immediately begin a review of the state fire season, and the state has agreed to the order.
The review will determine how long fire season is, what type of response will be required, how long the state can rely on public agencies, and whether any of the current regulations, such as the Coast Guard’s water-control regulations, are sufficient to prevent further wildfires.
A number of fires have been started and are still burning in California, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
“I think this will be another really intense fire season in California,” said Chris Koehler, a spokesman for the state department.
Koehlert said the wildfires will continue to burn throughout the state, with up to 20 new wildfires expected every day through early December.
“They’re not going away,” he added.
“It’s just going to get worse, and it’s going to keep getting worse.”