Rain expected to have little impact on Cal Fire's extra staffing plans

Jan 29, 2014 6:58 PM

Cal Fire stations in northern Claifornia are expected to be much busier this season. The agency has announced it is immediately adding 125 firefighters to reinforce its ranks. Cal Fire Division Chief Chris Haile says people shouldn't be fooled by the rain. He says the conditions are still extremely dry, and the burn ban is still in effect. The agency is adding several engines as well, including to stations in Oroville and Cohasset. Says Haile, "We have those engines that normally aren't staffed, to have them staffed at this time of year gives us much more depth, more tools in our toolbox."
Cal Fire's Chico Air Attack Base has re-opened, much earlier than normal, with two fixed-wing aircraft stationed to respond to wildland fire emergencies.


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