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CAL FIRE Says Dry Conditions Have Caused Early Fire Season

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 6, 2013

It's not unusual to have an early fire season in southern California.

But northern California's fire season began as much as six weeks early this year. That's only happened three times before.

"Starting the first of May, we've burned over 40-thousand acres already," says CAL FIRE Director Ken Pimlott.

State fire crews have responded to more than 1100 wildfires this year, significantly more than last.

But California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird says the state has enough money to cover an extended season.

"We are in reasonable shape with regard to the emergency fund," says Laird. "But the message is clear, we will do whatever it takes to fight the fires and worry about that later, because public safety is first."

As part of Wildfire Awareness Week, CAL FIRE is urging homeowners to remove debris from rooftops and within 100 feet of their home.
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