SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Cal Fire announced they’re hiring more seasonal firefighters in response to the state having already seen three times as many wild fires this year than normal.
With the lack of rain this winter, the agency said it’s important for homeowners in rural areas to create a defensible space around their property and that the number of wildfires is likely to increase as we approach the summer months.
Spokesman Daniel Berlant said that over 900 wildfires have charred nearly 2,400 acres. He said all indications point to a busy fire season.
“That’s much higher than it should be for this time of year. In fact, in a normal year for this point in time, we would have responded to under 300 fires that altogether would have charred about 1,000 acres,” he said.