Persistent, strong spring winds have been drying taller and heavier than usual grasses and lowland brush in California. El Nino rains brought tall grass and thicker than normal brush to California and the West.
The proposed 2010-2011 budget for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, “Cal Fire” has been published. Governor Schwarzenegger was kind to Cal Fire as he has been throughout his two terms.
A decrease of $32.8 million for CAL FIRE’s emergency fire costs. Based on expenditures to date, CAL FIRE’s emergency fire suppression expenditures are estimated to be $255.8 million in 2009‑10. In 2010‑11, the Governor’s Budget proposes a total of $223 million.
The first wildfire of the California and west coast wildfire season has invited a full dispatch with Cal Fire Air Attack, hand crews and helitack resources. The “Pedely Fire” is burning in Riverside County….