Sacto 9-1-1
May 31, 2013
Cal Fire way ahead in number of fires fought as windy weekend approaches

Cal Fire has responded to 90 percent more fires in the first five months of the year.

Since Jan. 1, Cal Fire crews have responded to nearly 1,900 wildfires across the state. Cal Fire typically responds to about 990 fires during the same time period.

Fires fought by state crews have burned about 45,000 acres since the first of the year, up from a typical year when 7,700 acres burn.

With high winds and dry conditions expected to be present this weekend, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has increased staffing.

"Conditions remain much drier than normal for this time of year," said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director in a press release. "We have extra firefighters and equipment available to respond to new wildfires, but now especially is when we need the public's help in preventing accidental wildfires."

Tips from Cal Fire to prevent wildfires:

• Don't mow dry grass on windy days

• Extinguish campfires completely

• Be extra careful with all powered equipment outdoors such as chainsaws.

• Never burn landscape vegetation on No Burn Days or when its windy

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