SAN DIEGO—According to Cal Fire officials, the month of May kicks off the start of peak wildfire season in San Diego. It's a season that haunts Stan Newman, a Rancho Bernardo resident who lost everything in the 2007 wildfires.
Newman has since renovated his home, but as fire season approaches, tensions soar.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is preparing for fire season by drafting a letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger requesting an Executive Order to increase fire protection. The request includes hiring more Cal Fire staff, putting a 4th firefighter on each of the agency's 26 engines, and providing more funding to the cooperative helicopter program.
"We need that additional funding. It definitely helps in supporting those programs like having that twenty-one person crew with the helicopter program," said Cal Fire's Mike Mohler.
From 2005 to 2006 the Governor added $5-6 million to the $26 million budget for firefighting resources in San Diego.
"His history has been in full support of Cal Fire and we expect to see the same."
It's much needed support because Mohler says this fire season will be a hot one, thanks to the wet weather.
The County Board of Supervisors is declining comment until the letter to the Governor is complete.