California Begins Preparations for For Wildfire Season Amid the Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak

California Begins Preparations for For Wildfire Season Amid the Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak

May 5, 2020
KPIX

Wildfire Preparedness Week started Monday, but this year getting ready for the annual challenge of battling large blazes takes on a whole new meaning as crews across the state face a combination higher fire danger and the COVID-19 outbreak.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the concern is how to safely stage mass evacuations in a time of social distancing. Shelter space will be limited so fire departments are asking people to take action now to keep fires from getting out of hand.

“We are already 400 fires ahead of our average for this time of year so we are seeing fires happening,” said CalFire Chief Thom Porter.

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