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Western U.S. Wildfire Potential Above Normal

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 13, 2013

The potential for wildfires this season is above normal.

In California, the state has already had twice as many fires this year as in an average year.

The US Forest Service also has 500 fewer firefighters and 50 fewer fire engines to help state and local governments because of federal budget cuts.

CALFIRE's Daniel Berlant says the cuts could hamper firefighting efforts.

"It definitely has the possibility of putting a major strain on our abilities because we rely so heavily on our federal partners just as much as they rely on us when they have fires in their jurisdiction," says Berlant. 

"So we're watching what the federal budget cuts, what impact that could have on California as we're going in to what could be a very busy season for us."

California has a dedicated emergency fund set aside for large fires.

Last year more than nine million acres of land burned in wildfires nationwide.

 That's the third largest amount since 1960.

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