Cal Fire is staffing up its wildfire response crew earlier than normal the year after an uncommonly dry winter across most of the state.
While there’s rain on the way in the Bay Area’s forecast this week, the historic California drought has the state’s reservoirs at alarmingly low levels.
Thursday is the first day of spring, and the rainy season is quickly coming to a close and rainfall in the Bay Area has been far below normal for this time of year, potentially setting up a long-term drought for California, a National Weather Service hydrologist said.
Authorities have said that California is facing a dangerous wildfire season due to a dry winter that has left the normally green hills of spring parched and tinder-dry.
Tuesday’s wet weather is a welcome sight for water officials in Silicon Valley as the lack of rainfall this season has already reached historic levels.