Dry winter has Cal Fire on alert

The lack of precipitation across the state has led to one of the driest winters on record. According to the Department of Water Resources, the statewide water content is at 19 percent of normal.

The drier than normal conditions, coupled with wind events and low humidity, have frequently increased the fire danger over the past month.

“Fire activity in northern California during winter is very rare, where snow-covered mountains and rain-soaked hillsides typically keep the fire danger relatively low,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director. “We will be monitoring the rain levels over the next couple months, as it will be an indicator of the type of fire activity spring and summer will bring.”

In response to above-normal fire activity, Cal Fire has increased its staffing using its 4,700 permanent employees with the help of inmate fire crews. The public is asked to be extra cautious due to the dry conditions, especially on windy days.

For fire safety tips, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov.

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Jan 4 2012. Filed under News, Sheriff/Fire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Dry winter has Cal Fire on alert”

  1. Concerned Resident

    I guess the question we should ask is WHY is the Ramona Water District issuing burn permits like we live in a jungle instead of a tinder box? Could it be the fees they're collecting. I was harassed by abatement when I first moved here – I kept telling the private company that the Water District is supposed to oversee. I finally got the Fire Marshall over to my property (after I was told by the guy in charge at the private company that he was in charge and that the rules would be as arbitrary as he wanted them to be), and he agreed that we were in compliance – but it took that and a threat of a lawsuit letter for them to even come out and check it out. So, why is a private company overseeing abatement and the cases are never seen by anyone from the Water District – they completely hand over the process to a company (that bills the resident for as much work as they consider necessary) that should be considered a conflict of interest in the process. Write THAT story and you'll get some awards.

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