Kate Novoa on the Big Sur coast posted an image on BigSurKate.com showing impressive flame length from a local fire on February 7. Kimmer in Paso Robles offered this night view of a fire near Lake Nacimiento last week.
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.
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.