SACRAMENTO - With dry vegetation, warm temperatures and no rain, conditions are prime for wildfires.
Because conditions are typical of late summer rather than late spring, the weather will play a vital role in this year's fire season.
There have already been more fires across the state from Jan. 1 until May 24 this year compared last year during the same time period. However, the acreage has been less. Cal Fire has been increasing its staffing since the end of January.
There is about a month left in the 2013-2014 rain season. Since July 1, 2013, downtown Sacramento has received only 10.35 inches of rain, or 51 percent of average. The average seasonal rainfall is 20.67 inches. This will be the third year in a row Sacramento has had below-average rainfall for the season.
The average amount of rain for May is 0.60 inches. The amount is even less for June with 0.19 inches.