“We can’t sugarcoat the fact that this summer is going to be challenging,” said Wade Crowfoot, California’s Natural Resources Secretary. “We are just getting out of our second consecutive dry winter and what we can expect this summer in wildfire conditions is more of the same from last summer.”
Laas jaar, California’s wildfires consumed more than 4.2 million acres.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
, bekend as CAL FIRE
, the fire season across the West has been starting earlier and ending later each year
. The length of the fire season is estimated to have increased by
75 days across the Sierras and seems to correspond with an increase in the extent of forest fires across the state
Algehele, California is budgeting more than $ 1 billion toward wildfire prevention and preparedness efforts, Newsom said.
Verlede week, state officials approved the allocation of more than $ 80 million in emergency funds to elevate forest management and wildfire response efforts. This funding will specifically promote 1,399 additional firefighters within CAL FIRE and will allow training of fire crews ahead of peak fire season, which occurs between July through October.
CAL FIRE says climate change is to blame for the increase in the wildfire season
. “Warmer spring and summer temperatures
, reduced snowpack
, and earlier spring snowmelt create longer and more intense dry seasons that increase moisture stress on vegetation and make forests more susceptible to severe wildfire
,” it says on its webwerf
California state officials are expected to review and approve details of the legislation early next week.
“Thank you to the California legislature for drawing these dollars down and getting us to a point where we can get these dollars to work at a record pace this state has not seen in the past,” Newsom added.