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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

March 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Our state’s drought really is a state of emergency, says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. The state is now around 40 million, and growing.  What happens when America’s most populous state runs low on its most precious resource for the fourth year in a row?

Let’s start with the obvious, wildfires. In February crews battled a wildfire south of Mammoth Lakes which tore through more than 7,000 acres and destroyed 40 homes. February fire in Mammoth? Unheard of but certainly a very early and extremely dangerous wildfire season ahead. Start preparing now!

Water restrictions will certainly be the norm, resulting in limited usage, brown lawns, no car washing and fines for excessive use to name a few.  Dry air, dust and pollen in the air will affect our respiratory systems and allergies.

An Increase In West Nile Virus Cases as a lot of water in nature becomes stagnant. Rats, rattlesnakes, ants, will have their sights on human populated areas (our homes) seeking water. Foothill areas will see  bears, mountain lion and other wildlife doing the same.

Food prices, restaurants, hotels, recreation etc will increase as our most precious resource remains in demand with limitations.

Make no drought about it, we have a serious problem and we need to take action!

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Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

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The issue is a lack of rain Don.Thanks for your racist opinion.

@ Tom Lemon --racism? where?

I merely repeated the chief's claims and called them unbelievable. Your retreat into an ad hominem remark is added proof.


We removed a remark in the Chief's original column that could have been misconstrued as anti-immigrant.  That is what a commenter here was referring to.

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