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CalFire kicks off Wildfire Preparedness Week, expecting busy fire season

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Posted at 7:58 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 22:58:13-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV) - CalFire kicked off its Wildfire Prevention Week on Monday.

CalFire Director Thom Porter began by announcing “this year is stepping up to be more difficult looking than last year.”

Part of that has to do with lower than average rainfall and snow pack in the northern parts of the state.

According to NOAA, areas like Redding and Mount Shasta City are at 58% and 44% of normal rainfall this season, respectively.

A map from the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, show much of Northern California in some level of drought.

San Diego is at 110% of normal rainfall from October through May. However, while rain can delay the start of fire season, it can also intensify it.

That’s why CalFire is urging residents to take time this week to protect their homes.

Their newly revamped website and app has checklists for creating defensible space and hardening your home.