Wildfire Awareness Week has officials urging everyone to prepare for fire

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
smoke from a California wildfire
In this undated photo, you can see miles of thick gray smoke above a very large wildfire in California. (KGO-TV)

It's Wildfire Awareness Week and officials across the state want you to know it could be a devastating fire season.

About 95 percent of wildfires in California are caused by people's carelessness or mistakes.

There have already been more than 1,100 fires this year, double the average.

Officials spoke at the site of last year's devastating King Fire east of Sacramento.

"When a fire, like you see behind us is burning, you should be ready to go and leaving in a safely, orderly fashion," Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said. "We know that fire start will be rapid, fire spread will be rapid and erratic."

Officials say replace a dead lawn with drought-tolerant or fire resistant plants. It's also important to think about an evacuation plan... and an emergency supply kit.