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Coronavirus Pandemic Impacting Cal Fire Wildfire Preparedness As Peak Fire Season Arrives

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CBS SF Bay Area

Coronavirus Pandemic Impacting Cal Fire Wildfire Preparedness As Peak Fire Season Arrives

CBS San Francisco

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Governor Gavin Newsom acknowledged impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on California’s wildfire preparedness efforts during his press briefing on Thursday but sought to allay concerns as the state begins to reach peak fire season.

The governor also said COVID-19 quarantines have substantially cut the total number of personnel available to perform front line work on wildfires. Only 94 out of 192 inmate fire crews from the Calfornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are available because of COVID-19 infections and quarantines, said Newsom, along with a fewer number of the crews from the California Conservation Corps.

Earlier this month, state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said the transfer of inmates from San Quentin to the California Correctional Center in Susanville has now triggered an outbreak at that prison, which houses the vitally-needed inmate wildfire-fighting teams.

Full Story: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/coronavirus-pandemic-impacting-cal-fire-wildfire-preparedness-as-peak-fire-season-arrives/ar-BB16yc9t