Wet weather helping firefighters now, but not for long

Wet weather helping firefighters now, not for long

CHICO, Calif. - The wet weather has been a blessing to firefighters these past few days but in order for it to have a longer impact, officials say we'll need more rain.

As far as wildfires go, January set a record in Northern California with drought conditions creating perfect tinder to fuel blazes.

And while the February rain has been a welcome break for firefighters,  CAL FIRE warns the damp conditions may help now, but they're not likely to have much impact in the long run.

"It's going to take immediate effect and get us a little out of danger as far as the dead fuels down right now," says CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Rob Sonsteng. "But we do need a lot more rain just for the live fuels out there, just to be able to do some absorption so they're not so volatile come fire season."

Sonsteng encourages people use the damp vegetation in the coming days to create the 100 feet of defensible space around their homes that CAL FIRE suggests.

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