Southern California has seen some terrible wildfires in recent years, and some worry that climate change (longer, drier summers) will only make things worse. None the less, Northern California has its share of large fires, as do many other states including Montana and Oregon. Wherever there is fuel, dry conditions, and a spark fires can and do spring up. As of September 24, 2009 there were 62 large fires being fought across the United States, some of them taking months to contain.
There tends to be more fires in southern California than in the northern part of the state because there is a vast different in temperature and rainfall. For example one city in southern California is Riverside, which has a high of about 103 degrees Fahrenheit today, on September 25th, 2009. Riverside gets about 10 inches of rain per year. In the northern part of California there is a town called Blue Lake, which has a high of 76 degrees Fahrenheit today and receives about 38.1 inches of rain per year. The southern part of California tends to be hotter and drier than the northern part, making it more susceptible to wildfires. This is not to say that northern California never has fires, fires can burn almost anywhere there is fuel for the fire.
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