Experts are warning there could be a long and difficult fire season this year in California.  

"Already this year, we have seen a significant increase in wildfires, even with last month's rain," Daniel Berlant is a spokesman with CAL FIRE said.

Berlant says since January, the state's had more than 950 fires that have scorched almost 2,400 acres.

That's almost three times the amount of fires and twice as many acres blackened normally in that time period.  

Berlant says the drought allows fires to spread faster than normal.  

"Our department staffed up much earlier than normal. In Southern California, we never really transitioned out of fire season. In Northern California, we began hiring seasonal firefighters at the end of January," he said. 

CAL FIRE serves about one-third of the state.