Five of the twenty largest wildfires in California history were part of the 2020 wildfire season.

(CBS13/AP) California is in a race so desperate that in the face of another devastating wildfire season, authorities began seeking local project ideas before they had funds to pay for them.

Such is the prospect of drought, the governor said on Tuesday he had drawn up executive orders for signing as required.

In normal years, the worst fires do not start until late summer or autumn, so that between then and around May there remains a window of opportunity for sparse forests, clear buffer zones to slow the spread of fires near communities, and an increase in the state’s seasonal fire service.

A dry winter is also already compounding on a drier summer that has caused twice the number of wildfires this time last year, Gavin Newsom said.

As a result, lawmakers have pushed ahead with Newsom’s 1 billion-dollar infusion for fire safety projects during the budget year which begins in July.

It includes almost $200 million for construction of fuel zones near vulnerable communities and $283 million for forest management.

He voted in favour of financing but said much more money should go to forest management.

The money is almost seven times as much as budgeted for keeping wildfires at bay in this year’s budget, said Democratic Representative Richard Bloom, who was involved in negotiating the funding package negotiated by leading Democrats.

Governor of California

The Governor of California is the head of state and head of government of the U.S. state of California. (wikipedia)

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California Natural Resources Agency

State cabinet-level agency in the government of California. The institution and jurisdiction of the Natural Resources Agency is provided for in California Government Code sections 12800 and 12805 (wikipedia)

Gavin Newsom

Gavin Christopher Newsom is an American politician and businessman serving as the 40th and current governor of California since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, (wikipedia)

Richard Bloom

Richard Hershel Bloom is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 50th Assembly District, which encompasses West Los Angeles, (wikipedia)

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is a fire department of the California Natural Resources Agency in California, United States. (wikipedia)

California State Assembly

The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature, the upper house being the California State Senate. The Assembly convenes, along with the State Senate, (wikipedia)

COVID-19 pandemic in California

Ten of the first twenty confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States occurred in California, the first of which was confirmed on January 26, 2020. (wikipedia)