Opinion: Prevent and Prepare for the Next Fire

May 14, 2013

by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

With the smoke having cleared from the Springs Fire, experts tell us it’s not too early to begin doing all we can to prepare for the next blaze.

Predictions are that it’s going to be a dire and potentially deadly year for fire. Low rainfall levels have led to tinder dry conditions typically not seen until late summer.

Though it’s only the second time since 1948 that the state has seen such an early start to the fire season, Gov. Jerry Brown has suggested that this year may be indicative of a “new normal” for our state. With climate change, our weather is intensifying, creating dry, hot conditions that are ripe for serious fire conditions.

With the possibility of multiple, simultaneous wildfires straining firefighting resources throughout the state this summer, it’s vital that we continue to do all we can to prevent fires and be prepared.