SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KTVU) - For the Bay Area, May is often picnic weather, but it was no picnic in Santa Rosa Wednesday.
The winter-like storm brought so much rain on Wednesday, the outdoor farmer's market was called off.
Even worse, firefighters say the series of rainy days could potentially make the upcoming fire season potentially more difficult. They say the rains are not coming at a particularly good time.
"Typically, in years past we would be in the middle of weed abatement. We are responding to winter type events, trees down, trees into power liners. Events we typically don't respond to in mid-May," said Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal.
Santa Rosa is no stranger to wildfires. In 2017, the Tubbs Fire incinerated two entire neighborhoods and killed 22 people.
Firefighters say the current rains may push back the beginning of when fire season usually begins in Sonoma County. But the added moisture will likely speed up the growth of vegetation in fields already overgrown.
All of it will dry out soon enough and become possible fuel for a wildfire.
"Seeing the rain we know it will create a lot of concerns. We know it will create concerns in the community's mind. This rain will promote a lot of new growth and that will create a lot of concerns," said Lowenthal.
It may also give some homeowners more work to do in making their properties fire safe.
"We fully anticipate that residents will have to cut their properties at least a couple of times a year and should start planning that," Lowenthal said.
Firefighters say the additional vegetation will not only affect Sonoma County, but Marin, the East Bay Hills and just about everywhere else in the Bay Area,