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Wildfire Awareness Week declared in California

May 7, 2014

This week is Wildfire Awareness Week and local fire officials are encouraging residents to create defensible space around their homes and to do their part to prevent wildfires. Photo by Marilyn Blake Philip

Drought conditions have led to a significant increase in wildfire activity and to ensure Californians are ready, Governor Jerry Brown declared May 4-10, “Wildfire Awareness Week” throughout the state.
In observance of the governor’s declaration, CalFire is reminding residents of the dangers posed by wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for and prevent them.
“Fire season really never ended last year in many parts of California,” said CalFire Chief Ken Pimlott. “We continue to have very dry conditions and experience unusually early fire behavior that is extreme for this time of year.”
 According to the state’s final snow survey on May 1, the statewide snowpack water content is only 18 percent of normal. Between Jan. 1 and May 3, CalFire has responded to more than 1,200 wildfires that have charred nearly 2,700 acres. In an average year for the same time period, CalFire would typically respond to fewer than 600 wildfires.

Read the full story in the Thursday, May 8, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

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