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CAL FIRE Holds Wildfire Awareness Week

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: May 07 2013 07:54:45 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Due to the high fire activity that California has experienced, Governor Brown declared the week of May 5 through May 10 as "Wildfire Awareness Week".

CAL FIRE held a press conference along with state, local and federal fire officials as well as emergency officials encouraging wildfire preparedness.

Fires have sparked up all over California, which is why CAL FIRE let the public know what they need to do to be ready.

"Now is the opportunity for every home owner, every resident in California to do what they need to do to prepare their homes," said CAL FIRE Director Ken Pimlott.

Fire season started early this year and CAL FIRE said that the months of January through April have been the driest they have seen in 49 years.

The dry winter brought nearly 1,100 fires which was over 500 more than last year.

From January through May second, nearly 23,00 acres have burned in California, CAL FIRE said that is 1,250 acres more than last year.

CAL FIRE said that 94 percent of fires are started by people. Even though emergency responders are doing their part, they need the public to make sure they do theirs.

"We want to take advantage of learning from the past,” said Chief Pimlott. “We are recognizing that California always has the ability to burn very intensely [...] that's what we are preparing for."