As Colorado Burns, CalFire Prepares for Trouble Here
While CalFire and the California National Guard are helping fight the massive wildfires in Colorado, CalFire is also beefing up its operations at home.
State and local firefighters have already responded to more than 2,500 wildfires this year in California. That's about 1,000 more fires than they had fought at this point last year.
"We're able to suppress all the fires, because we're able to keep up with it, weather hasn't been too extreme in terms of temperatures, but the conditions are certainly there and exist," said Ken Pimlott, the director of CalFire.
Pimlott is watching what's happening in Colorado, to figure out what to expect here.
"We need to be prepared for the same kinds of fires in California because we're seeing the same kinds of vegetation and fuel conditions that they are experiencing there, and so all of that lines up to tell us, yeah we have the same potential," he said.
As of this week, CalFire is fully staffed in preparation for the height of fire season, which typically begins in mid-August.