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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 today 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

glenn bernard May 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM
As the Most Practical Economist In America, and dedicated Capitalist, I encourage everybody to realize that human beings all over the planet are negatively impacting the environment. The extraction and distribution of fossil fuels is an environmentally destructive activity. All of the buildings in the southern tier of America, from coast to coast, should become totally solarized within 24 months. Solar, first. Fossil fuels, second. Nuclear, never. Windmills, never. The rare federal legislation that is good provides income tax incentives for property owners to install solar. All people who have been elected to public office should be totally focused on bringing more solar power to America's sun belt. Hey Governor, forget that damn bullet train! How 'bout getting us off of the grid!! (oh, and by the way, Obama never should have given money away to a few so-called solar manufacturers).
yourusmcboyelvises May 14, 2014 at 08:08 PM
i saw fireworks on the trail head i use earlier this week this is a random fire? people please keep your stupid kids at home.
Stan Jacobs May 16, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Our bright Moonbeam Brown has a penchant for the obvious. This inefficient incompetent must go. The County politicos should also discourage more development in fire zones. They are as stupid as the bureaucrats who allow development in high risk flood zones in some other state that suffer resurgent losses from seasonal floods.

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