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An early increase in fire activity has fire departments looking at the lack of rainfall as an indicator of a potentially higher fire threat this summer. Since the beginning of the year, CAL FIRE has responded to over 680 wildfires, which is more than 200 over the average for this time of year.
In late March, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted this year’s next-to-last snow survey and the low levels have CAL FIRE concerned about the impact to this year’s fire season. This final survey found that snowpack is just 52 percent of average statewide. Due to the low rainfall levels across the state from January to April, this year is likely to go down as one of the driest ever.
Auburn City Fire Chief Mark D’Ambrogi encourages citizens to help by maintaining defensible space around their homes.
Click to hear the Fire Chief on fire danger :22 Q….fire suppression
CAL FIRE is asking Californians to prepare for wildfires by taking actions such as the Maintenance of 100 feet of Defensible Space, Remove all dead plants, grass, and weeds from within 30 feet of your home, Trim trees 6 feet from the ground, Remove all leaves, pine needles and debris from roofs, and Create an Evacuation Plan in case of a wildfire.