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Los Padres National Forest Geared Up For Possibility Of Lightning Caused Brush, And Forest Fires This Weekend

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2011 3:30pm

The Los Padres National Forest has geared up for the threat of lightning caused brush and forest fires  this weekend (9/23-26) by adding extra firefighters to the region.

With thunderstorms in the forecast for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, the U.S. Forest Service says it’s sent an additional fire crew to each of the national forest’s five ranger districts.

Extra bulldozers are on hand, as are a strike team of smoke jumpers.  And, the air tanker facility in Santa Maria is staffed, and ready to go at least through the weekend should a blaze erupt.

Earlier this month, thunderstorms started fires in some of the forest’s backcountry areas, but firefighters were able to contain them before they turned into major blazes.

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