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What this year’s El Nino means for fire season

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This photo provided by Los Padres Forest Aviation and KEYT-TV shows a wildfire burning in Los Padres National Forest, north of Santa Barbara, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Goleta, Calif. Mark Nunez/Los Padres Forest Aviation/KEYT-TV via AP

More  more than 1200 acres are ablaze and there’s still zero percent containment in the Sherpa Fire that broke out yesterday afternoon in Refugio Canyon area of Los Padres National Forest.

Since then, strong winds increased its size and scope. A 15-mile stretch of the 101 have been temporarily closing. Campgrounds have also been evacuated. We get the latest from the Forest Service and also check in with Cal Fire about what impacts, if any, this year’s weak El Nino may have had on California’s fire season.

Click here for KPCC's Fire Tracker tool.

Guests:

Manuel Madrigal, Public information officer, The Forest Service

Mike Mohler, Battalion Chief with Cal Fire

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