California ramping up for another early fire season
Among the new realities on drought-riddled California is a never-ending fire season.
In response, fire crews around the state are ramping up earlier than normal. What is normally the end of the state’s wet season is now the middle of the fire season, and crews around the state are getting ready.
Across the state today, California is wrestling with warmer than normal conditions, and fire warnings are already in effect in many areas around California.
AP reports, “Ventura County Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire and state fire crews in San Luis Obispo County and the San Benito-Monterey area are adding firefighters, fire engines, bull dozers, helicopters and air tankers on Monday for this year's fire season.
The Los Padres National Forest is also adding firefighters and equipment. The chance of a wildfire in California typically peaks in autumn. But fire officials say the ongoing drought has made wildfires a year-round concern in the state.
Gov. Jerry Brown has blamed the drought and increased fire risk on climate change. In an interview with CNN last month, “the governor repeated his belief that this spring's fire season, already consuming 25,000 acres and destroying dozens of homes in San Diego County, has been worsened by climate change brought on by human activity.
He told CNN host Candy Crowley that California's fire season is now more than two months longer than it was a decade ago, and that fire crews must be activated year-round instead of seasonally.
"We're going to deal with nature as best we can, but humanity is on a collision course with nature," Brown said.