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Cal Fire Staffing Up Early

Cal Fire Staffing Up Early
Posted Tuesday, April 1st 2014 @ 8am  by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

We're seeing some rain, but our ongoing drought has Cal Fire staffing up earlier than usual. 

Since the beginning of the year, Cal Fire crews have battled more than 875 wildfires.

Spokesman Daniel Berlant says the same period last year saw about 300, and though recent rains have helped he says a lot of the green grass is masking a lot of dead grass and brush underneath. 

Things will only get worse as Summer draws closer so stations are bringing on seasonal hires now. About two months early. Berlant says 'From Placer County, Yuba County, Nevada County, Amador, El Dorado - we're hiring approximately 40 firefighters.'

More than 300 firefighters are being hired statewide. This year's funding comes through drought relief bills.

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