In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed May 5 to 11 as “Wildfire Preparedness Week.”
Newsom noted that he has been concerned about the consequences and threats of wildfires from his first day in office on Jan 7.
Noting, “Eleven million people — approximately a quarter of the states’ population — live in high fire-risk areas,” he issued his proclamation on April 30.
Cal Fire is concerned about the possibility of fires in 2019. In its release, the agency reminded local residents, “California’s wet winter created a sizable crop of new grass growth, but don’t let the wet weather fool you as the abundant grass dries. Now is the time to act to prevent wildfires.”
Cal Fire kicked off Wildfire Preparedness Week Monday, May 6, at its aviation unit in Sacramento. Heading the dignitaries speaking was Wade Crowfoot, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.