No fires burned Tuesday, but with dry, windy conditions forecast for the next two days, Sonoma County fire officials spent the anniversary of the 2017 firestorm calling in an extraordinary amount of outside resources.
“The latest forecast is mirroring our 2017 winds, if not worse. We’re doing everything possible to over-staff and provide safety measures. To do anything possible we can to get ahead,” said Sonoma Valley fire Battalion Chief Spencer Andreis, who Tuesday coordinated the unprecedented in-county staffing effort.
In all, more than three dozen extra engines and water tenders and some added 120 firefighters will swell already full staffing by paid and volunteer firefighters at most of the county’s three dozen fire agencies.
“We want ample people on duty, way ahead of the wind event,” Sonoma County Fire Chief Mark Heine said.