Midday Sunday: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

- Today's guests are firefighters from "Cal Fire" which is the abbreviation for The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

All across Southern California this is brush fire season which means Cal Fire is assisting local fire crews, working to put out major wild fires in our area.  Over the past month, Cal Fire crews have worked the Erskine Fire near Lake Isabella, the Sherpa Fire near Santa Barbara and the Complex Fire near Azusa and Duarte to name just a few.

Cal Fire's fixed wing aircraft, dropping water and fire retardants are always spectacular to watch along with its firefighters on the ground.

Battalion Chief Mike Mohler and some of his colleagues visit Midday Sunday to talk about what it is like to fight these blazes that can go on for weeks before they are finally contained. 

We will also be reminded about fire prevention, from creating defensible spaces around a home to ensuring that camp fires are completely extinguished. 

The importance of keeping drones out of the skies near fires will be a critically important part of today's program, along with knowing what to do when an evacuation is ordered.

Cal Fire has several videos and other vital information about fires at its website: www.fire.cal.gov.

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