“Tinderbox” California Calls in the National Guard as Horrific Wildfire Season Looms

California has activated its National Guard to support the state’s overworked firefighters after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for wildfires on Friday. And across the West, where temperatures have been well above normal for months and drought continues to intensify, firefighters are bracing for what may be a historic few months.

California’s wildfire season is already on a frantic pace, and activity typically doesn’t peak until September or October. The outlook for...

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