NORTHERN CALIFORNIA- California has mobilized additional resources to fight the current wildfires since the Governor declared a State of Emergency last week. In the meantime, State Senator Mike McGuire, who visited Humboldt Bay on Monday for an aquaculture tour, has a message for local residents.
"In many of these fires, they're seeing unprecedented fire behavior, very aggressive and very erratic and unpredictable and extremely dangerous," said State Senator Mike McGuire.
"If you receive an evacuation notice, get out of town. These fires are huge. They're burning hot. They're burning fast."
Fourteen separate California National Guard hand crew teams will be fighting fires throughout the state by the middle of this week. Each of those teams have 20 crew members, who have been training over the last 72 hours. On Sunday, 400 additional firefighters from throughout the West Coast were flown in and four C-130 aircraft, 8 National Guard helicopters and two other helicopters from Nevada have been brought in as well. Currently, CAL FIRE is developing a staging area outside of Redding to help mobilize units to the various blazes.
"It seems to be a lot of the activity is here in Humboldt and Trinity Counties and they are beginning to gather more resources. Obviously, the fire in Lake County has a huge amount of resources attributed to that, but more and more resources are coming here so people need to realize," said Assemblymember Jim Wood.
"They're coming. It takes a while to get them here and they're big trucks and you've got to get crews."