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4 to Watch: Here's a Major Reason We've Yet to See Large Wildfires This Year

The relatively quiet summer fire season is due to several factors, but one of the most important is soil moisture

From January to early August last year, more than 3,660 wildfires that burned an astounding 615,000 acres were reported in California. During that same period this year, about 2,900 wildfires have burned only 22,900 acres, according to CALFIRE statistics.

So what's behind the numbers?

It's one of the stories we're featuring today on NBCLA.

There's a Big Reason Why We Haven't Seen Large Wildfires, Yet

So far, California has been spared the large wildfires that ravaged the state in 2018, a year that included the largest, most destructive and deadliest wildfires on record in the Golden State. So, what's behind the significant decrease in the number of fires and acres burned? It's due to several factors, but one of the most important is soil moisture.

There are several reasons why Southern California has yet to see a large wildfire. Anthony Yanez reports for Today in LA on Thursday Aug. 8, 2019.

LAPD Investigates Video of YouTuber Brooke Houts and Her Dog

A YouTube personality with more than 300,000 subscribers is facing strong backlash. She's now at the center of a Los Angeles Police Department investigation into a video that shows her allegedly abusing her dog. Here's the story.

Man Arrested After Stabbing Spree Leaves 4 Dead in Orange County

A suspect is in custody after killing at least four people and injuring two others apparently attacked at random in a deadly stabbing and robbery spree across two cities in Orange County. We'll have updates here.

Four people were killed and two others wounded during a robbery and stabbing rampage. Hetty Chang and Jane Yamamoto report for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2019.

50 Years Later, a Look at the Key Figures in a Summer of Fear

Fifth year ago Thursday, Charles Manson dispatched his followers on a killing spree in Los Angeles. Here is a look back at the key figures in the case.

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