We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 
 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 

CalFire Beefing Up Ranks Earlier Than Usual

  

The state firefighting agency today began hiring several hundred seasonal firefighters to staff fire stations from the Sacramento foothills to San Diego County.

"Even with the recent rain that we've had, it has not been enough to really make a dent in our drought conditionk" says Daniel Berlant with CalFire.

"Typically we start bringing on seasonal firefighters in Northern California around mid to late May, even some years into early June," says Berlant. "This early to have to bring on seasonals just shows us how dry conditions are."

Berlant says between January 1st and March 22nd of this year, CalFire has responded to more than 800 wildland blazes. In an average year, the agency responds to fewer than 275 over the same period. Berlant says CalFire will hire 75 additional seasonal firefighters in its Sacramento region and Bay Area units.

 

Related Stories

  • Santa Barbara City Fire / Courtesy

    Elevated Fire Danger In California As Drought Persists

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Not much change is expected in drought conditions in California during the summer "dry season" but wildfire danger is increasing, with 66 million dead trees in the Sierra Nevada adding potential fuel.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Sacramento-Area Water Conservation 31 Percent In May

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought and water providers continue to urge voluntary conservation, as mandatory statewide rules have ended. Sacramento-area residents reduced their water use by 31 percent in May.

  • Santa Barbara City Fire / Courtesy

    Record Heat, Wildfires Scorch Western U.S.

    Sunday, June 19, 2016

    As thousands of federal and state firefighters work to contain wildfires in California and other western states, record-setting heat has prompted warnings from the National Weather Service for parts of California, Nevada and Arizona.

 droughtcalfirewildfires

Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the voice of Capital Public Radio News as anchor of Morning Edition and Insight. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music. Steve also produced stories for CapRadio.org.   Read Full Bio