Fire Season Opens in Humboldt
Fire season officially opens May 18th. Last year it opened on the 19th of May. The opening indicates a difference in the way Cal Fire keeps crews ready to fight wildfire. Although the agency is prepared year round, once moisture content in vegetation drops to a certain level then staffing is increased and facilities remain open 24 hours a day.
Air tankers and air attack planes are sent from winter quarters in Sacramento to stations throughout the state. Burn permits can be suspended until wetter weather returns.
Cal Fire, Humboldt – Del Norte Units wrote this morning,
Due to the fourth year of drought conditions and increased flammability of the forest fuels and grasses, fire season is declared within the administrative boundary of the CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit as of 0800 May 18th, 2015.
This declaration implements the fire prevention requirements of Public Resources Code sections 4292 to 4296.
Hugh Scanlon, Chief CAL FIRE, Humboldt – Del Norte Unit