VIDEO: CAL FIRE is doing what it can to prepare for what's expected to be another busy and brutal fire season ahead.
"Everybody in the fire service says, 'It's going to be the worst fire season ever,' because it seems like that always is the case," CAL FIRE CZU Deputy Chief Nate Armstrong told ABC7 News. "And for the last couple of years, that has actually proven itself."
Dep. Chief Armstrong spoke on behalf of the agency's San Mateo-Santa Cruz unit.
With little downtime for first responders, critically dry fuel, and fewer inmate crews on the front lines, he explained there are definitely challenges ahead.
"Our winter preparedness time has shrunk significantly. We used to see a, you know, five to six month fire season in the region," he shared. "Everybody's calling it now a 'fire year,' because it's really lasted nine to 10 months."