Wet winter yields lush vegetation, which will dry out and become more fuel
Guy McCarthy, The Union Democrat
The wettest Central Sierra winter in five years has produced decent snowpack and more water in some reservoirs, and it’s helped spawn bumper crops of grass, weeds and chaparral species in some parts of the Mother Lode, raising concerns for the coming fire season when all that new vegetation dries out.
California’s interior chaparral mix, found on slopes from 300 to 3,000 feet elevation and higher, is among the most flammable plant groups on Earth. Designed by nature to burn hot and fast, chaparral species have helped fuel some of the Lode’s most devastating megablazes, including the 2013 Rim Fire and the 2015 Butte Fire.
Cristina Davies, KRCR News
PAYNES CREEK, Calif. - For over 30 years, inmate crews have been a crucial asset to fighting fire in California.
Every year CAL FIRE and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation train inmates.
Scott McLean, battalion chief and public information officer with CAL FIRE, explained they try to have at least 4,000 inmates each year.
The California Narcotic Canine Association held a certification and training day Wednesday at the former California Youth Authority complex in Paso Robles.
More than 55 K-9 teams from all over California received training and certification in patrol, narcotics and explosives detection.
Maura Dolan and John Myers, The Los Angeles Times
California's highest court is slated to hear arguments Thursday on whether Gov. Jerry Brown may ask voters in November to allow an early release from prison for some who were convicted of nonviolent crimes.
The California Supreme Court hearing, scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT, can be watched live on the court's website.
Brown's proposal, unveiled in late January as part of a plan to reduce the prison population, was amended into an existing proposed initiative that dealt solely with juvenile justice.
The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California’s Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to put his plan to reduce the state’s prison population before voters in November.
Oral arguments are scheduled for Thursday morning, though the justices will not issue a ruling at the hearing.
At stake are Brown’s amendments to a juvenile justice initiative increasing sentencing credits for adult inmates and allowing earlier parole for non-violent felons.