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2018 fire season could be as bad as last year's, say California officials

A firefighter works to extinguish the Thomas Fire as it burns past the 101 Highway towards the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura, California, Dec. 7, 2017.
A firefighter works to extinguish the Thomas Fire as it burns past the 101 Highway towards the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura, California, Dec. 7, 2017.
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California fire officials made their annual prediction for this year’s fire season on Thursday. Their forecast: it could be as bad as last year’s, which set historic records. This time, they want to be better prepared, and have asked for $100 million in this year's state budget for pay for more first responders, and equipment like helicopters and fire prediction mapping.