So far this year, the state's fire-fighting agency - Cal Fire - has responded to nearly 700 wildfires. That's more than 200 fires above the average for this time of year. Daniel Berlant is with Cal Fire:
Berlant:"We've responded to a significant more amount of fires than we would on an average year and that has us really concerned and looking towards the summer because there could be a potential for a busy fire season for us and definitely a higher fire threat."
Berlant says Cal Fire is training seasonal fire fighters and has responded to several unseasonably large wildfires this year already. The water content of the Sierra snowpack is just about half of what it would normally be- and the lack of rainfall between January and April makes this year one of the driest in California so far. Cal Fire is urging residents to remove all dead plants and weeds around their homes and remove debris from rooftops.