The latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor was released on June 18, 2020, and it doesn’t look positive. This is especially true for much of northwestern California, and western Oregon, both of which are now in severe drought. There is also a portion of northwestern California and southwestern Oregon that are considered to be in extreme drought.

US Drought Outlook Map

Naturally, the news has left everyone wondering if there will be an even earlier start to this year’s prime wildfire season? And, if so, how will it be dealt with amidst the COVID-19 pandemic?

Just as troubling, many Californians, in particular, are concerned about unexpected and long-term power outages in an effort to mitigate fire risk. Utility provider, PG&E, took such action last year, leaving around two million people sitting in the dark while worrying if massive fires would reach their homes and businesses.

As reported by Vox, “Nursing homes, emergency rooms, police stations, and fire stations scrambled for backup generators.