Gov. Jerry Brown says California is in "uncharted territory" with the current slew of intense wildfires and he warns that climate change has made the situation "part of our ordinary experience."
"[The] predictions that I see, the more serious predictions of warming and fires to occur later in the century, 2040 or 2050, they're now occurring in real time," Brown said at a news conference on Wednesday in Sacramento.
"You can expect that — unfortunately — to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest. We are part of that process," he said.
Brown said that only a month into the current budget year California has already spent $125 million, a quarter of its fire budget.
"We're in for a really rough ride," Brown said at the news conference. "It's going to get expensive, it's going to get dangerous, and we have to apply all our creativity to make the best of what is going to be an increasingly bad situation."