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Some Good Catastrophe News: Fires Way Down in California

Above average rainfall in the winter and lower than average temperatures in the summer have led to a wildfire season that is one of the...
June 30, 2010

Above average rainfall in the winter and lower than average temperatures in the summer have led to a wildfire season that is one of the least active in California in decades so far. Officials say that the wet conditions have allowed the state to avoid the large spending generally required to fight wildfires, which were numerous during the drought from 2006 through 2009. Del Walters, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said that the relief was greatly needed, particularly after a very difficult budget year. According to the U.S. Forest Service, 642 wildfires have been recorded so far this year, a decline of 30 percent compared with the same period last year and more than 50 percent lower than the 1,343 fires recorded for the same period in 2008. Cal Fire has an annual budget of approximately $1 billion and has gone over its budget by between $100 million and $432 million fighting fires that have burned through up to as many as 1.6 million acres each year.

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