Governor Davis has ordered an increase in firefighting resources in Southern California to prepare for what could be one of the worst fire seasons in years. The executive order was designed to combat the effects of a bark beetle infestation that has killed trees in about 350,000 acres of forest. Davis said the trees could pose a “grave wildfire threat.”
Officials say an estimated 170,000 people could be at risk. Among other things, Davis´s executive order adds one firefighter to three-member crews on 95 engines in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Ten refurbished fire engines also would be returned to service. Earlier this spring, the governor declared a state of emergency in Southern California due to the unusually high fire risk.