calfire http://kvpr.org en Brown Proposing Additional $66 Million to Help Fight Wildfires http://kvpr.org/post/brown-proposing-additional-66-million-help-fight-wildfires <p>California’s firefighting agency, Cal Fire, has already responded to about 1,500 fires this year. That’s nearly twice what would be normal. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown wants Cal Fire to have more money to fight the extended wildfire season.</p><p>Under Brown’s May budget revision, Cal Fire would receive an additional $66 million. Cal Fire’s Daniel Berlant says the money would allow the department to retain the seasonal firefighters it’s hired, including 300 last month.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:28:41 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32964 at http://kvpr.org Brown Proposing Additional $66 Million to Help Fight Wildfires Brown's Revised Budget Would Help State During Drought, Cal Fire http://kvpr.org/post/browns-revised-budget-would-help-state-during-drought-cal-fire <p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal contains more money to address complications from the drought in California. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, he wants more money to go to firefighting, food assistance, and wildlife preservation.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Governor Brown wants to give an additional $142 million to help the state through the drought. The drought has already caused an early fire season. Under the new spending plan, the Division of Forestry and Fire Protection would get $67 million more to suppress wildfires.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:55:21 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 32626 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Revised Budget Would Help State During Drought, Cal Fire CAL FIRE Fears Fire Season Could Be Worst Ever http://kvpr.org/post/cal-fire-fears-fire-season-could-be-worst-ever <p>CAL FIRE says it fears this year's fire season could be the worst on record.&nbsp; Bob Moffitt reports on the state's preparations.</p><p>In Southern California, fire season never really ended.&nbsp; In Northern California, CAL FIRE started hiring firefighters four months ahead of schedule.</p><p>Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird says the state is in the middle of the driest three years on record.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 17:20:19 +0000 Bob Moffitt - Capital Public Radio 32778 at http://kvpr.org CAL FIRE Fears Fire Season Could Be Worst Ever Billing Begins for Second Year of Controversial Fire Protection Fee http://kvpr.org/post/billing-begins-second-year-controversial-fire-protection-fee <p>For the second year in a row,&nbsp;California is charging rural homeowners a special fee for fire protection. The bills are coming a bit later than planned, but they are on their way.&nbsp;As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento,&nbsp;the fee's critics are as angry as ever and still hope to overturn it.</p><p>California is sending out about 800,000 bills beginning this month. The annual $150 charge is assessed to property owners with homes on land the state is responsible for protecting.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:20 +0000 Katie Orr 17766 at http://kvpr.org Billing Begins for Second Year of Controversial Fire Protection Fee California Fire Camps Key To Reducing Prison Overcrowding http://kvpr.org/post/california-fire-camps-key-reducing-prison-overcrowding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reducing overcrowding at California prisons is not easy. Generally, inmates must either be released or given more space, which is expensive. But there is a third option. Inmates can be sent to fire camps.&nbsp; That's a cornerstone of Governor Jerry Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding in response to a federal court order.&nbsp; State Government Reporter Katie Orr takes a closer look at what these camps entail. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 01:07:39 +0000 Katie Orr 15507 at http://kvpr.org California Fire Camps Key To Reducing Prison Overcrowding State to Delay Sending Residents Fire Protection Bills http://kvpr.org/post/state-delay-sending-residents-fire-protection-bills <p></p><p class="p1">The state of California is putting a temporary halt to sending out new bills to some rural homeowners in the enforcement of a controversial <a href="http://www.firepreventionfee.org/">fire prevention fee.</a></p><p class="p1">The delay comes as CAL Fire is sorting through a backlog of thousands of appeals from mostly foothill and mountain residents. The state was planning to send out another round of bills in April.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 01:32:13 +0000 Joe Moore 12499 at http://kvpr.org State to Delay Sending Residents Fire Protection Bills Governor Brown Calls Hidden Funds at CAL FIRE 'Boring Story' http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-calls-hidden-funds-cal-fire-boring-story <p></p><p class="p1">California Governor Jerry Brown is calling news that the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection hid funds in a nonprofit account for several years a "boring story."</p><p class="p1">As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, Republicans are criticizing what they call Brown’s casual dismissal of the news.</p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The discovery of &nbsp;$3.5 million&nbsp;of unreported money at CAL FIRE didn’t get much of a response from the Democratic governor. </span></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:57:39 +0000 Amy Quinton 10379 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Calls Hidden Funds at CAL FIRE 'Boring Story' Anti-Tax Group Sues Over Fire Prevention Fee http://kvpr.org/post/anti-tax-group-sues-over-fire-prevention-fee <p>The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of California property owners who are charged a fire prevention fee.</p><p>The suit by the anti-tax group claims the fee is really a tax requiring a two-thirds vote in the legislature. It seeks to overturn the fee, which costs property owners $150 for every habitable structure on their property.</p><p>The suit was filed against the California Department of Forestry and the Board of Equalization. But Association President Jon Coupal places the blame on the legislature.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:24:43 +0000 Amy Quinton 4998 at http://kvpr.org Anti-Tax Group Sues Over Fire Prevention Fee Cal Fire: Wildfire Danger Still High http://kvpr.org/post/cal-fire-wildfire-danger-still-high <p>The hot weather is expected to end throughout most of California on Thursday, with cooler temperatures in the forecast. But with no significant rainfall in sight, state officials warn of continued fire danger.</p><p>So far this year, Cal Fire crews have responded to more than 5,300 wildfires. That’s nearly 20% more than average. And state officials say the threat of new fires isn’t over.</p><p>“Even though the calendar says ‘October’ fire danger level is high. We want people to be prepared.”</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:31:39 +0000 Steve Milne 4968 at http://kvpr.org Cal Fire: Wildfire Danger Still High Dry Lightning Sparks Increased Fire Danger http://kvpr.org/post/dry-lightning-sparks-increased-fire-danger The weather forecast for Northern and Central California over the next few days has state fire fighters on high alert.   CalFIRE’s Daniel Berlant says thunderstorms and strong winds could lead to dry lightning.   "When we get lightning-sparked fires, there can be dozens – even sometimes hundreds – of fires spread out through a large area. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:03:13 +0000 Ben Adler 3513 at http://kvpr.org Cal Fire Burning Through Its Budget http://kvpr.org/post/cal-fire-burning-through-its-budget <p>Fire season in California is about half over, but the state has already spent more than two-thirds of its $93 million firefighting budget.</p><p>H.D. Palmer is with the California Department of Finance. He says the state is prepared to pay, whatever the cost.</p><p>“If we do spend more for fire suppression than is in the budget, that doesn’t mean that the tankers don’t fly, that doesn’t mean the hand crews aren’t out there, that doesn’t mean the trucks don’t show up, we will have emergency appropriation authority to do that.”</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 01:21:59 +0000 Bob Moffit 2601 at http://kvpr.org Cal Fire Burning Through Its Budget