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Cal Fire Asks For Help This Fire Season

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 7, 2012

Cal Fire has already responded to 500 more fires in the first four months of this year than it did in the same period last year.  The department is likely to declare fire season in the northern part of California next week.

Last year, U.S. Forest Service crews cleared nearly 200,000 acres of potential fire fuel. Jeanne Wade Evans with the Service says fires threaten more than homes and property.  Half of the water the state uses runs through national forests.

WADE EVANS: "Dealing with this wildfire issue is critical to maintaining that flow -downstream flow- and maintaining the health of our forests."

In January, The Public Utilities Commission strengthened restrictions on power line usage to prevent power lines from starting fires. In April, the National Guard trained 2500 soldiers to fight fires.

Cal Fire is urging everyone to clear 100 feet of space around all buildings and to keep vehicles and anything flammable out of dry, grassy areas.  Cal Fire says 90 percent of all fires are started by people. 
Cal Fire has already fully-staffed much of its southern California stations. 
Click here for ways to protect yourself from wildfires.
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