Drought Prompts CalFire to Beef Up Seasonal Ranks Early

The risk of wildfire heightened by the state’s drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule.

CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that a number of hundred seasonal firefighters are currently being brought on to staff fire stations from the Sacramento foothills to San Diego County.

Wildfire Berlant says further employing typically begins in mid-Might or even early in June. But simply because of the dry climate, fire risk has elevated and officials want to be ready.

The newspaper says between Jan. 1 and March 22, the state firefighting company responded to a lot more than 800 wildland blazes. In an typical 12 months, it responds to fewer than 275 in excess of the identical period.

Commencing Monday, CalFire will hire 29 firefighters in its Sonoma-Lake-Napa unit.

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