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CalFire Increases Staffing Due to Fire Danger


The state agency is calling in hundreds of firefighters who would normally be off-duty, and is moving equipment to the areas where the fire danger is greatest.

“Historically our largest and most damaging wildfires do occur in late October,” says Daniel Berlant with CalFire. He says even with the cooler, wet weather the wildfire danger is still there.

 “The rainfall we got last weekend really isn't going to do much in the long term. When we add these offshore winds that rainfall will really zero out and conditions will be just as dry as they were during summer, and then you add the strong winds and it makes the conditions even worse,” says Berlant.

Berlant says this year's fire season has been worse than last year. CalFire has spent $82 million fighting fires since July 1st. 

The National Weather Service has issued "Red Flag Warnings" or "Fire Weather Watches" in the Sacramento Valley, Northeastern California, the Bay Area, parts of Kern County and Southern California through the weekend.

Marianne Russ

Former Managing Editor, News

Marianne served as Capital Public Radio’s Managing Editor for News through July 2015.  Read Full Bio 

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