Firefighters Prepare For Bad Wildfire Year

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 23, 2007

It’s still too early to predict what kind of wildfire season Northern California will have this year. But Daniel Berlant with the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection – or CAL FIRE – says if the dry weather persists it could be a busy one.  

"We haven’t had a lot of rain up and down the state but we still have about a month or month and a half before we get into what we declare as fire season so we really are hoping for some more rain but we have to prepare and train for the worst."

He says rural homeowners should get rid of any flammable plants around all structures and clear needles and leaves from roofs.

CAL FIRE is already hiring seasonal firefighters and making sure permanent employees are trained and ready to go.