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California Fire Season to Get Snuffed Out as Pacific Storm Nears

Chill brings curtain down on least destructive season in years.

Firefighters watch a backfire operation during the Mosquito Fire near Volcanoville, California, on Sept. 9, 2022.

Firefighters watch a backfire operation during the Mosquito Fire near Volcanoville, California, on Sept. 9, 2022.

Photographer: Benjamin Fanjoy/Bloomberg

Torrential rain and snow will fall over California in the coming days, raising the prospect the state will experience something that’s become elusive in recent years: an early end to wildfire season.

The storms sweeping off the Pacific Ocean will dump up to 10 inches of rain in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California and upwards to 5 feet (1.5 meters) of snow in the Sierra Nevadas up north. Forecasters say it will thoroughly soak tinder-dry grasses and shrubs that have given rise to so many out-of-control blazes amid the region’s historic drought.