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Cal Fire kicks off wildfire preparedness week with yearly event

Governor Newsom’s proposed funds for CAL FIRE allocates greater than $3 billion for hearth administration, prevention, forest well being, and residential hardening.

RAMONA, Calif. — Cal Fire kicked off wildfire preparedness week on the Ramona Air Attack Base, reminding residents to take precautions as we head into wildfire season. 

“We haven’t seen a whole of of big fires in San Diego recently, but the grass is all dying, the brush is drying out. Moisture levels are dropping, so we have a lot of potential for a big fire to happen,” mentioned Captain Thomas Shoots of Cal Fire.

Monday’s event was the primary of several events throughout the state Cal Fire is holding this week. Cal Fire may also maintain occasions in Ventura County, Monterey County, Sonoma County and in Fresno County. 

On show Monday have been helicopters, airplanes and hearth vehicles. 

Captain Shoots mentioned residents ought to reap the benefits of cooler temperatures within the mornings or evenings to clear defensible area round their houses. He encourages everybody to have a go-bag prepared and an evacuation plan in place.

This year, Governor Newsom’s proposed funds for CAL FIRE allocates greater than $3 billion for hearth administration, hearth prevention, mitigation efforts together with prescribed hearth and gas breaks, forest well being, and residential hardening.

Almost half of the state’s largest and most damaging wildfires occurred in 2020 and 2021, and greater than 6.8 million acres burned throughout this time. Lack of rainfall, with above regular temperatures by way of the spring, will go away gas moisture ranges decrease than regular, growing the potential for wildland hearth exercise. In 2022, CAL FIRE has already responded to greater than 1,400 wildfires, burning greater than 6,500 acres on state and federal lands mixed.

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