Wildfire Season Starts Early, Looks Bad
Firefighters are preparing for a bad wildfire season. CalFire has responded to 680 fires this year, 200 more than usual for this time of year. The state is experiencing June-like fire conditions now, according to CalFire public information officer Daniel Berlant.
"We've already seen a significant increase in our fire activity, and we're only in the month of April here," he said. "It all comes back to the fact that we just didn't get the rainfall that we needed this winter. So that lack of rainfall has dried out the grass, the brush."
CalFire is preparing by hiring seasonal firefighters earlier than normal. They're already on board in Southern California and Northern California units are beginning training next week.