Sacramento, California 2021-04-30 20:14:02 –
Solano County (CBS13) – Retired firefighter Frank Moore has been involved in a fire for decades. As Campofire is still burning and drought is rampant in Calaveras County, he worries that we may be in the middle of the hiring season in the fight against time with Calfire. I am.
“If it dries like it does now, there will be a lot of fires,” he said.
CAL FIRE figures show an increase of more than 620 fires compared to this time last year. And just as the dangerous peaks of the fire season are approaching, California lacks boots on the ground.
“The number of manual workers in our prisoners has declined from past peaks and years,” said Robert Foxworthy of CALFIRE.
CBS13 learned that part of the reason for the decrease in prison crew was due to a pandemic.
Foxworthy says it is currently focused on hiring about 1,400 firefighters, funded by Governor Gavin Newsom. Foxworthy says many of them will be handed over to the crew.
Dryer and warmer than usual – it’s a forecast for Northern California until at least July.
“I think we could start seeing the crew coming in sooner than they are now,” Foxworthy said.
Helen Voronin was expelled from her home after a wildfire in Solano County last year. Her house survived.
“And I don’t want to do it again, it was very scary,” she said.
As things change, she’s more prepared than ever.
“It never happened to me, and now you really think about it and become more careful,” she said.
Cal Fire said there would be no shortage as staff peaks would be available during the peak fire season. The Helitac firefighter team is fully staffed and ready by May.
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