ESCONDIDO, California - California has fought 1,400 wildfires so far this year, double what the state would normally expect.
Two thousand firefighters are now on the front lines in San Diego Country. Hundreds had been pre-positioned based on the forecast of high winds and extreme heat.
Mike Mohler is a fire captain with Cal Fire, the state's firefighting agency.
Has fighting fires become an offensive, not defensive, game?
"That's exactly what it is," Mohler said. "It is an offensive game. We need to plan ahead. It's not reactive. We're proactive."
In the past two weeks Cal Fire called up an additional 25 engines and 100 firefighters. They were moved from Central and Northern California down to Southern California.
Was there a discernible different outcome because of that?
"Absolutely," Mohler said. "It's still destruction, but we were able to hit it faster and harder."
"We have to be ready for wildfire anywhere in the state of California 365 days a year," Mohler said.
The state just hired 300 new firefighters. They started on Monday and many of them are already here fighting these fires.
Cal Fire expects to spend $240,000 million this year fighting wildfires.