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Grass Valley Air Attack Base Opens Today

Today is June 15, and for CalFire and the Nevada County Airport, that means the opening of the Grass Valley Air Attack Base…

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Base Chief Jake Sjolund says today is the normal day they contract with the state to open, but it could have been earlier if necessary. Sjolund says the base will be a busy place for the next few months…

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The base has actually had aircraft for the last few weeks, either refueling aircraft based out of Chico, or training missions for local personnel. The base also has added some new tools. Sjolund says two years ago they built a new retardant plant, and have now added to that…

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With the wet winter, CalFire is expecting a moderate fire season. The base is contracted to stay open at least through October 15, but can stay open longer if necessary.

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