More than two dozen additional firefighters will be available in the region this week to bolster personnel during the peak months of the wildfire season, authorities said.
The additional personnel were authorized under an executive order signed last month by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Higher than normal rainfall has resulted in increased grass and vegetation across the state, especially in rural parts of San Diego County, increasing the potential for wildfires in the coming months, fire officials said.
Many sixth-grade students walked away from school last week for the summer with some valuable information about wildfire safety from a curriculum sparked by the Butte County Fire Safe Council that is starting to catch on in other counties.
[clip] The five, one-hour lesson curriculum is the first of its type in the nation, kindled in Paradise by the fire safe council in 2005. Most teachers teach the class prior to summer vacation, Butte fire safe council director Calli-Jane Burch said. Sixth grade is a good time to teach the lessons because at that age they're old enough to make a real difference and have already learned about fire safety in the home through firefighter-taught lessons including stop, drop and roll. Paradise Intermediate School sixth-grade teacher Greg Holman agreed that children are captivated by the program since he's been teaching it, especially since the Humboldt Fire in June 2008.
Angeles Crest Highway remains closed down because of last year's Station Fire and the winter floods that followed. Los Angeles County Fire officials have learned many lessons from the devastating blaze that killed two firefighters. However they're still digging for the most important piece of information: who started it.