Fire crews look to new firefighting strategy

  • Source: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
  • Published: 05/13/2022 12:00 AM

Multiple fires broke out across the state in recent days, and although it is just the start of wildfire season, fire officials expect fires to continue to be more aggressive. To help combat these faster-moving fires, they plan on using new firefighting tactics on the ground to help their water tankers in the air. CAL FIRE has already tackled over 1,500 wildfire incidents just this year alone and with fires like the Coastal Fire in Orange County and the House Fire in Fresno burning hundreds of acres, firefighters are using new strategies to be prepared. "There's the fuels, the topography and the weather. When all three of those come into alignment like we had yesterday, we have the devastation that we see today," said Chief Shane Sherwood with the Orange County Fire Authority Division. To help tackle fast-moving fires, fire officials in Orange County have implement portable water tanks to help helicopters fill up faster -- a strategy Fresno County Fire also uses.


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