Storm Ends North State Fire Season
HOST: California’s busy--and costly--fire season is now mostly over. Capitol Public Radio's Ben Adler reports that with the season's first real storm in the books, CalFire is lifting its statewide burn ban in rural areas.
ADLER: Here’s how you can tell CalFire truly believes fire season is winding down:
DANIEL BERLANT: “We will start now laying off some of the seasonal firefighters - especially now up in more the rural areas that are now receiving a lot of rain - or in some cases, some snow.”
That’s CalFire’s Daniel Berlant, who says this year brought a significant increase in fire activity: 1,400 fires more than last year, burning a much larger area.
BERLANT: “Over 130,000 acres have burned, compared to 55,000 that burned last year. So it’s been a much busier year for us.”
And an expensive one, too--more than $60 million over budget. Berlant says the fire danger in Northern California has eased, but Southern Californians shouldn’t relax yet. There hasn’t been as much rainfall in the south, and the Santa Ana winds could keep conditions dry.