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Fire Season Off To Hot Start

As you might expect, the fire season is already off to a much-worse start than a year ago, statewide, with another below-normal winter. For the year to date, Cal Fire says they’ve already had to put out 17-hundred-88 fires, compared to a-thousand-65 at this point in 2020. And acreage is even more dramatic, at over 13-thousand. It was only around 17-hundred acres the previous year. Meanwhile, Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit has responded to 101 fires, compared to 80 in 2020. But only 50 acres has been scorched, compared to 75 a year ago. Unit Division Chief Jim Mathias says fuel moisture is the lowest they’ve ever recorded for this time of year…

click to listen to Chief Mathias

But Mathias is impressed with homeowners’ progress in maintaining defensible space…

click to listen to Chief Mathias

Mathias says at least one engine at every fire station will be staffed by May 17th, a little earlier than normal. He says full seasonal staffing is expected in late June, although that could change, depending on how the season progresses.

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