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SACRAMENTO - Dozens of fires have been burning up and down California and Cal Fire is bracing for a potentially devastating wildfire season.

As wildfires consumed thousands of acres, forced residents to flee their homes and kept firefighters on their toes, Cal Fire says it's a sign of the fire season to come.

Cal Fire is telling residents that it's time to get serious about clearing away dry brush and grass from their homes.

"One-hundred feet of defensible space around their homes. That means have everything cleared away. Have your grass cut. Have your firewood piles moved," Cal Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff said.

In 2014, Cal Fire crews already have responded to nearly 1,300 wildfires across the state; that's more than twice as many as usual for this time of year.

Governor Brown told ABC's "This Week," "We're in a very serious fire season, more serious than we've seen before."

The Governor says California has already appropriated $600 million to fighting fires. The state has 5,000 firefighters. But, he says we're going to need thousands more.

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