Drought Increases Fresno County Fire Danger

April 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fresno County firefighters are saying the near triple digit temperatures combined with drought like conditions could make for an explosive fire season. "This year the grasses have dried out 15 days earlier than we did last year. We've had less amount of rain this year than we did last year. And that's causing alarm for firefighters throughout Fresno County and Cal Fire," said Chris Christopherson with Cal Fire.

Firefighters say now is the time to prepare for fire season. High brush is nothing but fuel for fire. But they're also reminding people to be careful while clearing brush, because doing it in the heat of the day or during breezy conditions may spark an accidental fire.

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