CAL FIRE is increasing staffing due to predicted dry lightning and strong winds throughout Northeastern California. In response to the predicted dry lightning, CAL FIRE is moving fire engines and resources into the areas expected to see an increased fire danger. Daniel Berlant with Cal-Fire says high winds are a threat in Nevada County beginning Thursday.
“Nevada County and kind of further down into the northern part of the state we’re expecting the strong winds to really affect us. We could still see dry lightning but the biggest impact, I think, at least for now, are the strong winds on Friday.”
As the current low moves into Nevada on Thursday, it will shift winds to the northeast creating breezy and dry conditions Thursday night into Friday across most parts of Northern California, including the areas where the dry lightning is predicted to hit. In addition to the prepositioning of fire engines, CAL FIRE is also staffing all reserve fire engines, staffing additional inmate fire crews 24 hours a day, and plans to hold all personnel on duty. In addition to department preparations, CAL FIRE is in close communication with local, state and federal partners including the U.S. Forest Service, the California National Guard and the California Emergency Management Agency.