7,700 Firefighters Working On Containing More Than A Dozen Wildfires

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — More than a dozen wildfires burning have 7,700 firefighters working on containment.

“Obviously it takes a lot of resources, a lot of personnel to battle this number of fires at one time.”

Cal Fire is already using all 23 of its air tankers. And it needs more.

“We brought in the national guard—two of their C230s and nine helicopters to help.”

Strike teams continue to go out so locally, our firefighters are pulling extra duty.

“There’s a lot of shuffling.”

Metro Fire Captain Chris Quinn says the run volume goes up, as some stations have to wait to respond to calls until backup arrives.

“We don’t want to draw down from that, so we got to bring those people back in so our service levels remain high.”

Just because these wildfires need a lot of attention, Quinn says it doesn’t mean anyone will notice a change in how fires here are handled.

“It never changes. We still serve our community.”

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