Cal Fire to immediately beef-up staffing

Jan 29, 2014 2:59 PM

With warm temperatures, limited rain and moisture levels resembling the state's peak fire season, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says it's hired 125 supplemental firefighters in northern California and extended seasonal firefighting forces in southern California.

The announcement follows the governor's declaration of a drought emergency earlier this month.

In northern California, Cal Fire is adding two additional fire engines in each of the 12 northern administrative units plus a third fire engine in the Shasta-Trinity unit.

The Butte and Tehama-Glen units will see 12 additional firefighters, while Humboldt, Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Siskiyou firefighting ranks will increase by 10.

In addition, the Chico Air Attack Base has been re-opened with two fixed wing aircraft.


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