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Effective June 6, 2021, CAL FIRE will increase to peak staffing levels in Nevada, Yuba and Placer Counties.
As an all hazards emergency service department, CAL FIRE maintains staffing year around, but provides surge capacity during the critical fire season months. This peak staffing includes 22 fire engines, 4 bulldozers, 2 CDCR Type I hand crews, 2 CCC Type 1 hand crews, 1California National Guard hand crew, 1 Air Attack and 2 Air Tankers.
Fire Chief Brian Estes states, “CAL FIRE, along with our allied fire and law enforcement partners are prepared and committed to your safety this year”. Chief Estes reminds everyone to be prepared and take responsibility as you live and recreate in our foothill communities across the region.
The move to peak staffing comes earlier than normal this year due to lack of precipitation and high temperatures that have produced dangerously dry conditions in the vegetation.
Between January 1 and May 30, 2021, CAL FIRE has responded to over 2,480 wildfires that have charred nearly 12,100 acres statewide.
CAL FIRE continues to ask homeowners to ensure they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space.
For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.