Cal Fire Gets Extra Air Support for Possible Dry Lightning Fires

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The only Cal Fire contracted helicopter in all of California is currently sitting just off of I-80 in Auburn.

The pilots, who work for P.J. Helicopters were on stand-by Tuesday, ready to respond to any fires in the area.

They were contracted by Cal Fire to serve as additional resources after the National Weather Service forecasted lightning strikes in the higher elevations Tuesday.

“We are at high risk for fire. We have added hundreds of seasonal firefighters for the next few days in northern California.” Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant said.

Even though Cal Fire has 12 of its own helicopters, Berlant tells FOX40 the agency contracted one more.

The national weather service forecasts lightning strikes could occur anywhere from Yosemite up to Mt. Shasta starting Tuesday and possibly in to Wednesday.

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