The drought is having an effect on the number of staff Cal Fire is keeping on hand. The state's main fire agency says that despite the recent rain, drought conditions and wildfires have forced Cal Fire to hire seasonal firefighters earlier than normal across the Central Valley and Central Sierra.
More than 50 additional fire fighters have been hired and staffed in units throughout the region. Officials say that already this year, Cal Fire crews have responded to more than 500 wildfires that have charred over 1100 acres.
In a normal year the department says it would responded to fewer than 130 small wildfires.