California has 400 more firefighters this year. Is that enough to battle its wildfires?

California has 400 more firefighters this year. Is that enough to battle its wildfires?

October 29, 2019
The Sacramento Bee

California state firefighters in the last two years had to spend weeks at a time fighting the worst fires in the state’s history, often to the detriment of their family lives and mental health.

They haven’t had to do that this year, giving them more rest ahead of the season’s first major fires unfolding in Northern and Southern California, according to Cal Fire.

“We are going to need to have widespread statewide rain before this is over,” Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter told reporters Monday. “We are poised to continue this.”

“We are fully capable and ready to respond to all of the state’s fire emergencies plus going through this part of the season,” Porter said. “I want you to feel very confident that the fire service system and emergency response system is ready for California’s emergencies going into the rest of this fire season.”

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