YREKA, CALIF. — CAL FIRE officials announced Monday that due to dry weather conditions and increased flammability of forest fuels and grasses, they are declaring fire season in Siskiyou County as well as Butte, Tehama, Glenn, Shasta, Trinity, Lassen, Modoc and Plumas Counties as of midnight May 12th. Other areas of Northern California including the Bay Area and Sacramento transitioned into fire season on May 5th.
CAL FIRE officials say they have been training and hiring additional crews since January, well ahead of schedule. Officials say they have already responded to nearly 1,300 wildfires this year; this is more than twice the average.
CAL FIRE is asking the public to prepare and ensure enough defensible space is built around your home. Stormwatch 12 meteorologists will be going in-depth on how to do this during our Summer Special airing Wednesday May 21 at 6:30pm. Until then, here are some ways to help prepare your house for fire season:
- Maintain 100 feet of defensible space.
- Clear all pine needles and leaves from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
- Trim branches six feet from the ground.
- Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants.
For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.
The governor of California is calling on all Californians to reduce water use. Governor Brown is asking residents to prevent water waste and reduce use by 20% and prevent water waste. Visit SaveOurH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part.