CalFire Warns of Early Start to Fire Season, Urges Caution to Prevent Wildfires

By KRON 4 Staff

Thu May 2nd, 2013 8:15am America/Los_Angeles

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(KRON) – As California entered into the first day of May, the state’s fire activity was high. The dry conditions coupled with extremely gusty winds fanned dozens of wildfires that continue to keep firefighters very busy.

Already this year, CalFire has responded to over 60 percent more wildfires than on average, and May first’s fire activity only continued that trend.

CalFire began its transition into fire season several weeks earlier than normal in Southern California and in Northern California had already begun training many of its seasonal firefighters and inmate firefighters. CalFire has also staffed many of its airtankers over a month earlier than normal.

Much of Southern California and the Bay Area remain under a Red Flag Warning for high fire danger due to the strong winds and low humidity. While firefighters continue to battle six active wildfires, the public is urged to be extra cautious outdoors in order to help prevent additional fires. Here are some additional steps Californians should take during the high fire danger day: http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_redflagwarning.php

CalFire is also asking residents to prepare for wildfires by remembering “Ready, Set, Go!” Be Ready for a wildfire by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space, be Set by having an evacuation plan, and lastly Go when a wildfire approaches your home. For more visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org

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