Fire season is under way in San Luis Obispo County.
Cal Fire announced Wednesday that additional fire engines as well as the Paso Robles Air Attack Base are staffed. Fifty-seven seasonal firefighters are joining regular firefighting forces to staff 10 additional wildland fire engines.
At the air base, a tactical aircraft and an air tanker are ready for immediate dispatch to any fire in the county. Two fire engines and an additional air tanker will be staffed in a few weeks, and 100 inmate firefighters are assigned to six hand crews.
This summer has the potential for being a bad fire season. Locally, rainfall levels ranged between 50 and 70 percent of normal, but late-season rains caused a second grass crop that is already drying out.
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Homeowners who live in rural areas are required to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around all structures on their property.