Butte County Cal Fire making sure to have extra resources

Butte County Cal Fire brings in extra resources during wind events.

Posted: Nov 21, 2019 10:24 PM
Updated: Nov 21, 2019 10:25 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County Cal Fire brings in extra resources during wind events.

Cal Fire's Rick Carhart explained, even though Butte County Cal Fire does have their helicopters and air resources, during certain wind events they do bring in extras, in the most recent wind event they brought in a helicopter and staged it at the Chico Airport.

"During wind events during that peak fire season, we will staff extra resources within the county. We do this to make sure everybody is safe," said Carhart.

Carhart said during this week's wind event there was a strike team consisting of five engines that came from outside the county, just to be on stand by.

"There was an out of unit strike team of engined, that was what we called pre-positioned in the county, just for need, and we also hired a private helicopter that would be able to go and fight fire from the air," said Carhart.

Carhart said the enginers were staged at various stations from around Butte County.

He added Cal Fire monitors the weather and will call for even more resources if needed.

"They will give us an extended forecast, and as it gets close those will get narrowed down and become more and more accurate and we will base our resource staffing on what the conditions are that are expected to be in the county and in and around the area," said Carhart.

Carhart also said even though it is the middle of November, we are still in fire season, and people need to be responsible until they declare the end of the burn suspension and fire season.

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