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New Research Predicts “Precipitation Whiplash” for California – Coalition Restates Call for Funding

Monday, April 23, 2018  
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Disaster Readiness for Safer Communities (D-RiSC), a statewide coalition of organizations representing California’s fire chiefs, firefighters and local governments committed to improving our disaster response capability, today issued the following statement in response to research published in the journal Nature Climate Change

The following statement may be attributed to Fire Chief Mark Hartwig, president of the California Fire Chiefs Association: 
“The study published today by a group of climate scientists – finding that California is headed for a future of ‘precipitation whiplash’ – confirms what those of us in the fire service already know: alternating between extreme dry years and extreme wet years creates perilous conditions for increased natural disasters.
“Vegetation grows with rain and dies with drought – providing more and more fuel for California wildfires to ignite and grow. Burnt hillsides present the perfect conditions for deadly mudslides during heavy rain events.
“Our Mutual Aid System can no longer simply react to these disasters when they inevitably hit our communities. The solution is funding to modernize our Mutual Aid System to improve communications and evolve into a pro-active system that pre-positions firefighting and disaster response resources during extreme weather events. 
“Our coalition is working with members of the legislature to make these critical investments in the 2018-19 budget. We are encouraged by the announcement in March by Governor Brown and legislative leaders that they will be partnering on solutions this year to build our resiliency to climate-driven threats.”


Contact: Jerry Azevedo
(916) 475-2437 

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