Dry weather creates concern for firefighters

Jan 21, 2014 5:18 PM

This is a very odd season for fire fighters.

“I’ve been doing this for 16 years,” a Chico Fire Department firefighter said, “and I've never had all this stuff on at the end of January before.”

The Chico Fire Department is preparing like it’s summertime but it's actually the middle of winter. And because California is experiencing an extended drought, it has fire fighters very pessimistic.

“Every year we talk about this is going to be the worst fire season,” a Chico Fire Department firefighter said, “and this is the year, I think.”

Fire conditions are so bad in the North State this year that crews still have wild land fire equipment on their engines.

“Which is typically not the case in the wintertime,” said Fire Chief Keith Carter of the Chico Fire Department. “I've been here since 1986 and I can't remember a winter where we’ve done this before.”


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