CAL FIRE - Fire Season 2013
With one of the driest winters on record, California’s 2013 fire season has resulted in a very active season. In May, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the year's last snow survey, which showed the snowpack at only 17 percent of normal. The lack of winter rains has resulted in dry conditions across the state leading to a number of unseasonably large wildfires early in the year and a continued trend of above normal fire activity.
California's early fire season began back in April. Starting on April 15, CAL FIRE began transitioning into fire season in San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. This meant hiring seasonal firefighters to augment the department's full-time firefighters and staffing most seasonal fire stations around the clock. Just a week later, CAL FIRE began staffing its airtankers in Southern California. The timing couldn't have been better as several wildfires kept firefighters busy in Southern California during the last week of April.
Every year, the first full week of May is declared "Wildfire Awareness Week" by California's Governor. CAL FIRE uses the week to remind residents of the need to take steps to prepare for fire season. This year's Wildfire Awareness Week started with a bang, as Northern California experienced a rash of unseasonably early wildfires. CAL FIRE began transitioning into fire season in Northern California on May 1 to meet the early fire season.
With fire season well under way, the trend of increased fire activity has continued. Unfortunately, the dry conditions the State has experienced will only worsen and lead to a higher fire threat. It is critical that homeowners are prepared for wildfires and remember "Ready, Set, Go!". Homeowners looking for additional information on "Ready, Set, Go!" and on how to prepare themselves, their families and their homes for wildfire can visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org. With 94% of the wildfires in CAL FIRE’s jurisdiction started by people, it's also critical that everyone, including residents and vacationers, take steps to prevent wildfires. One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire. Learn more on how to help prevent wildfires by visiting www.PreventWildfireCA.org.