A vegetation fire breaks out near the cliffs in northeast Bakersfield on Thursday evening

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – In California, the forest fire season has become a year-long problem. Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association says over 97% of the state has been hit by a drought. This comes after the worst wildfire season in California history. Weather experts say most of Kern County is suffering from extreme drought. First responders say you should prepare for a hot and smoky summer.

“We haven’t had any areas in our mountain communities where the fuels have recovered their moisture well,” said Andrew Freeborn, information officer for the Kern County Fire Department. “So things will burn at the beginning of the year like it’s the end of summer and things have dried up all year.”

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