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With dry winds forecast for many parts of Northern California, CAL FIRE has increased its staffing and is urging the public to be extra cautious due to the heightened fire danger. Nevada County was very concerned that a Cal-Fire engine would not be staffed at their Coyote Street station and would be relocated in the Lake Tahoe as was the plan. This shift in staffing could have affected Placer County as well. According to Cal-Fire Public Information Officer Daniel Berlant their plans have changed.
Since January 1 CAL FIRE has responded to nearly 1,900 wildfires across California that have burned approximately 45,000 acres. In an average year for the same time period, CAL FIRE typically responds to about 990 fires that burn around 7,700 acres. The significantly dry conditions are a major factor in the 90 percent increase in fire activity.