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A firefighter battles the 2018 Camp Fire in Magalia, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America) With fires beginning earlier in the spring and persisting later into the fall, communities may have to contend with the dual risk of COVID-19 and wildfire for several months. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)

It is only the beginning of the 2020 wildfire season and already there have been 20,351 US wildfires between January 1 and June 12. Compare this to 16,630 fires during the same period in 2019, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).

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