Governor warns fires will get worse

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Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Updated Sunday, May 18 at 12:32 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The wildfires that caused more than $20 million in damage in the San Diego area in recent days are just the beginning.

That warning comes today from California Gov. Jerry Brown, who tells ABC's "This Week" that the state is preparing for its worst wildfire season ever.

California, which has been plagued by drought, has 5,000 firefighters and has budgeted $600 million to battling fires.

But Brown says he expects the state will need thousands of more firefighters in the future. He says the state is on the "front lines" of climate change that is making the weather hotter.

Unusually high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds set conditions last week for the string of wildfires that broke out in San Diego County.

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019-a-13-(Francisca Adams, public information officer, U.S. National Forest Service, in AP interview)-"of the year"-National Forest Service spokeswoman Francisca Adams says things are a lot drier than normal. (18 May 2014)

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022-a-06-(Sandy Herman, returning resident, in AP interview)-"help these people"-This resident returning home, Sandy Herman, says she's glad her home is still there, but sad for others who weren't so lucky. (18 May 2014)

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