Forest Service and CAL FIRE prepare for upcoming wildfire season

Agencies across the Northern California area are prepping for the upcoming wildfire season.

Posted: May 6, 2021 7:28 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Agencies across the Northern California area are prepping for the upcoming wildfire season.

The Forest Service and CAL FIRE are gearing up for fire season. For the last two weeks, the two agencies have been training together to make sure they’re not just prepared on the ground but also in the air.

The training gives both CAL FIRE and the Forest Service a chance to learn how to work together.

“We're kind of getting it through both lenses so that we're learning from the ground up how to work together and how to be effective,” said Roger Caballero, a Helitack Superintendent with the Tahoe National Forest.

“We're also learning that it's not that different. They're setting the standard and they're kind of bringing us up with that.”

Eighteen students, from both CAL FIRE and the Forest Service, underwent the two-week training session.

“I think the thing that will really come in is just really understanding what we can do to better affect and support the people on the ground that are actually doing the work,” said James Beeson, an air attack captain with CAL FIRE’s Humboldt-Del Norte unit.

“So we bring those aviation assets to do whatever we can do to help them.”

This is the second week of training. The first week took place in Sacramento.

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