California Governor Says Fire Season 'Is Starting Much Earlier and Will Last Much Longer'

Gov. Jerry Brown urges residents to take fire danger seriously and listen to alerts and follow directions.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

As flames tore through a swath of San Diego County from 4S Ranch to Rancho Santa Fe, Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday urged Californians to prepare for what could be a long and severe fire season.

"Fire season, first of all, is starting much earlier and will last much longer," Brown said at a San Diego news conference to tout revisions to his proposed state budget.

"Citizens should take fire danger very seriously, listen to alerts in the media and follow directions," he said. "When people say evacuate, don't wait -- be sensible."

Fire season is lasting much longer than it used to, historically, due to climate change, according to the governor.

He used the press event to caution legislators from spending too much money now that the state is on a firmer financial footing.

"That's another reason why we want to restrain spending, because there's going to be a lot of unexpected catastrophes -- disasters," Brown said.

According to the governor's office, the budget proposal before the Legislature increases spending for Cal Fire by $54 million over the current fiscal year. The state firefighting agency can also tap into an emergency fund, if necessary.

—City News Service

MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" May 14, 2014 at 01:51 PM
What about Forest and Wildland management Mr Brown?


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »