Grim western fire season starts much drier than record 2020

  • FILE - In this April 28, 2021, file photo, a firefighter prepares to battle the North Fire from a backyard on Via Patina in Santa Clarita, Calif. Scientists say the outlook for the western U.S. fire season is grim because it’s starting far drier than 2020’s record-breaking fire year. (Emily Alvarenga/The Santa Clarita Valley Signal via AP)

As bad as last year’s record-shattering fire season was, the western U.S. starts this year’s in even worse shape.