Fire Season Ends in Northern California

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, October 22, 2004
This is the earliest closure since 1989. State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Karen Terrill says the wet weather helped. Wildfire’s a very weather driven thing and the weather we’ve had lately obviously has diminished the wildfire threat and so we feel pretty good about the ability to cut back on our fire protection stuff and save the taxpayers some money. Terrill says ending fire season means making some changes. We start releasing our seasonal firefighters, we cut back on the hours of some of our locations in fact some of our remote actually close during the off season. It could also mean that suspended burn permits could be restored and a few things like that. She says many Northern California fire units are funded for fire season status through the middle of November, so the early closure will save taxpayers some money. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.