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Butte/Glenn/Tehama/Shasta Fire Season start

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  • Nick Caldwell
    Official start of fire season announced Chico Enterprise-Record Staff Reports Fire officials in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Shasta counties announced the official
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2004
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      Official start of fire season announced

      Chico Enterprise-Record Staff Reports

      Fire officials in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Shasta counties announced the
      official start of fire season on Tuesday.

      The early start is primarily due to record-high temperatures in April
      and vegetation that is unseasonably dry.

      As a result, Butte County Fire/CDF, which staffs 17 stations year round,
      has additionally begun staffing stations in Cohasset, Feather Falls and
      Butte Meadows.

      Additional seasonal personnel have been hired and will be available for
      the peak fire season.

      On June 15 a CDF OV-10 Bronco Air Tactical plane and a CDF Grumman S-2
      tanker capable of carrying 1,200 gallons, will also be staffed at the
      Chico Air Attack Base, the CDF announced.

      A press release from the agency didn't mention the possible availability
      of federal air tankers, heli-tankers or single-engine aircraft to assist
      with aerial fire fighting.

      July 1, five additional CDF engines will be staffed, as will fire
      lookouts at Bloomer and Bald mountains. Lookout staffing is funded by an
      agreement between CDF and PG&E.

      Butte County Fire/CDF responds to about 15,000 fire and other
      emergencies each year and has a full-time staff of more than 150.
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