Some fire agencies in California gearing up for wildfire season earlier than usual

CAL FIRE S2Ts at McClellan AFB March 17, 2014. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

An article in the Press-Enterprise quoted some fire officials about their concern that the California drought may reduce the number of dipping sites available for helicopters seeking water to drop on wildfires. They also indicated that some agencies are bringing on their firefighting resources earlier than usual:

…Cal Fire positioned firefighting airplanes at Hemet-Ryan Airport and Ramona Airport east of Escondido last week, about three weeks ahead of schedule, Mohler said.

The Cleveland National Forest will increase its daily staffing April 7, Nobles said, about a month ahead of schedule. Each of the three ranger districts will go from one fire engine to a minimum of four that are available day and night. Part-time firefighters are being brought in early.

When seasonal firefighters arrive May 10, a total of 28 fire engines will be available in the forest that extends south to San Diego.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Barbara.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.