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State prepping for peak wildfire season

June 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Summer is almost here, and with it comes the start of peak wildfire danger. In anticipation of another extended wildfire season, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has begun moving air tankers to bases across Northern California.

During the winter, the tankers are housed at McClellan Air Park in Sacramento County. By relocating them now, fire officials say they will be better prepared to respond quickly to fires throughout the region.

Air bases in Southern California have been staffed with tankers since the beginning of May due to the extended dry conditions there.

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