Butte/Glenn/Tehama/Shasta Fire Season start
- 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
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.