REDDING, Calif. -

According to Redding Fire Department Division Chief Michael Bachmeyer with the warmer temperatures and dry weather, fire crews haven't packed away their summer gear, they're wearing it.

"We do have two different sets of safety gear, one for the wild land environment, which is a little bit lighter weight and our structure gear which is heavier, provides a better thermal protection," Bachmeyer said this isn't typical, just like the lack of wet weather stretching across the Northstate.

"This time of year, nobody would even be carrying, typically, their wild land gear with them," explained Bachmeyer.

Even though the calendar says it's January, area fire crews are ready for summer fires which can ignite much quicker.

"We're geared to still combat that hazard if it presents itself," said Bachmeyer.