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

  • Water Use Drops In Sacramento Region in September

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Overall water use decreased again in September compared to last year in the Sacramento region. Water providers are also pumping less groundwater, despite a heavier reliance on it in the drought.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    California Still At Risk Of Floods During Drought

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    If a flood were to hit Twitchell Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta it would threaten much of California’s water supply. It’s why emergency management agencies are holding flood-fighting exercises during a drought.

 droughtcalfirewildfires