LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) — The summer fire season is still two months away, but Cal Fire is already gearing up for what they fear could be the largest number of fires they’ve seen in years.
Fire officials are increasing staffing levels and getting resources in place, by moving air tankers to bases across the state.
Meantime, seasonal firefighters will be brought into the Angeles National Forest starting this weekend.
Wildfires are already up 45 percent this year, authorities say.
Fire crews in California have battled more than 680 wildfires — 200 more than average for this time of year.
Officials say the lack of rain is a big problem. The past winter was the fourth driest in Southern California in 135 years.
They worry that with hot summer days ahead, followed by Santa Ana winds that flare up in the fall, this fire season could be very busy.
Park visitors are urged to keep an eye on campfires to avoid starting any fires.
Authorities also say you should start clearing brush around your home now, and have an evacuation plan in place.
The 100-foot defensible space requirement significantly increases the chances of a home surviving a wildfire.
Fore more information on how you can get prepared, visit readyforwildfire.org.