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CAL FIRE gearing up ahead of fire season

Firefighters across the area are ramping up efforts ahead of the fire season.

Posted: May 3, 2021 6:42 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 6:53 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The high fire danger has firefighters on high alert. 

CAL FIRE in Butte County says that come peak fire season they'll be fully staffed and ready to go.

CAL FIRE's Batallion Chief Garrett Needles said that the money from Gov. Gavin Newsom's new wildfire plan is going to help pay for 16 additional firefighters this year across Butte County. It will also help cover the costs of various fuel reduction projects in the area.

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Even so, Camp Fire survivor, Lloyd Dulbecco who lost his home during the fire said he's worried about the wildfire season.

CAL FIRE Butte County crews said they are bringing in firefighters to train at the air attack base in a couple of weeks.

The base will be ready for a response come June 1. 

Action News Now also spoke with CAL FIRE officials in Shasta-Trinity who say they just added on 20 new firefighters that were brought on as a part of the state funding.

CAL FIRE officials in Modoc County and Lassen County said money from the state is helping them pay for early hiring and training of firefighters, and it will help restaff units with hand crews and additional firefighters per engine. 

Due to the conditions, Monday and Tuesday will be "No Burn Days" across the area.

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Lightning-caused fires will be a concern over the next few days as thunderstorms enter the forecast. We stay warm to begin next week but cool into the 70s by Wednesday.
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