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CAL FIRE bracing for early and severe wildfire season

NORTH COAST- State firefighters are bracing for an early and severe wildfire season.

So far this year, CAL FIRE has responded to more than 450 wildfires throughout the state. The organization says that it typically sees a series of smaller fires starting at the end of May or June. The amount of fires it's currently seeing is a sign that wildfire season is near.

This past week CAL FIRE hired 70 seasonal firefighters and expects to be at peak staffing by June. One month earlier than usual. Our local CAL FIRE says it is in the process of recruiting and hope to staff three more engines by the end of April.