PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It's been a very dry winter in Arizona, and some people are worried this could lead to a bad wildfire season. Now, Governor Doug Ducey is asking lawmakers for $2 million to fund fire prevention.
"Every year, we're allocated $1.3 million by the State Legislature," said Tiffany Davila with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. Davila said the proposal will give them an additional $700,000 to do more fire prevention projects across the state.
"We'll go out across the state, we'll do all kinds of fuels mitigation work," said Davila. "Northern Arizona, Southern Arizona. We'll cut back the salt cedar in the riverbeds. We'll cut back some trees, utilizing inmate hand crews."
The idea is to alleviate the hazardous fuels across Arizona. Meteorologist Andrew Deemer with the National Weather Service said the dry winter has to do with the weather cycle.
"La Niña is having its toll on the state," said Deemer. "So, La Niña, essentially, is when you have cooler water in the Pacific, and for us in our part of the country, it means the storm track is really going to stay further up to the north then what you typically see."
The good news: La Niña doesn't last forever.
"Through the spring and the summer, we should see those effects really lessen on the state, and hopefully, we'll get to have more of a normal pattern moving through," said Deemer.