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Sunshine and blue skies make this time of year perfect for camping and outdoor activities. With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, CAL FIRE reminds all Californians about the increased fire danger this year and asks everyone of to be extra careful in the outdoors.
With one of the driest winters on record, officials have already seen a drastic increase in fires. In an average year, by late May CAL FIRE responds to approximately 850 wildfires. Already this year, CAL FIRE has responded to nearly 1,600 wildfires; that number is up 50% from last year at this time, when there were just under 1,050 wildfires. Lynn Tomocheff Public Information Iffcier with Cal-fire has some tips if you plan on camping.
With temperatures up, California’s water ways are running high as remaining snow melts. Many take advantage of cooling off in local rivers, but this fun outdoor activity does come with risks. Drownings claim adults and children alike, and Memorial Day Weekend tends to see a spike in drownings. Under local agreements, CAL FIRE responds to hundreds of water rescues across the state each year and even the strongest of swimmers can be caught off guard by strong currents or cold water. Tomocheff has some tips if swimming is part of your holiday plan.
For more ways to be safe during Memorial Day visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.