CALIFORNIA – Cal Fire is warning Californians that this year’s wildfire season is going to be more difficult than the last due to the lack of late-season rain and snow.
Monday, state and federal officials held a wildfire preparedness week kick-off event, where they discussed how emergency responders are preparing for year-round wildfires.
Cal Fire Director, Chief Thom Porter, said his agency is already seeing fires burning in the state.
“We’re already 400 fires ahead our average for this time of year,” Chief Porter said. “Over the past several years we’ve had drought conditions that caused 147 million trees to die in the sierras. Those trees are still out there. No amount of rain will bring those trees back.”
In the last three years, California had five of the deadliest fires in the state’s history which resulted in the death of 145 people.
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CAL FIRE Butte Fire Center crews are participating in crew readiness exercises today in Richardson Springs area. The excercises are the standard for allowing the fire crews to be categorized as an initial attack Type I crew. @CAL_FIRE @readyforwildfire pic.twitter.com/469oRQsFqd
— CAL FIRE Butte Unit/Butte County Fire Department (@CALFIRE_ButteCo) May 5, 2020