The dry winter weather has Cal Fire concerned about increased fire danger. Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the lack of precipitation across the state has led to one of the driest winters on record.
“Following DWR’s snow survey that showed the statewide water content and being significantly lower than normal, we’re really watching and monitoring the weather very closely to see what happens over the next couple of months because if it’s any indicator of what December we had, the dry conditions could lead to a very busy fire season come spring and summer.”
Last month CAL FIRE crews responded to an increased number of wildfires for a typical December. In response to the above normal fire activity, CAL FIRE has been able to increase its staffing using its 4,700 permanent employees with the help of CAL FIRE inmate fire crews. In many areas CAL FIRE has cancelled burn days or even banned debris burning. The public is asked to be extra cautions due to the dry conditions, especially on windy days. And check before you burn to make sure it is a permissible burn day.