In an attempt to keep Kern County safe from wildfires this summer, the Kern County Fire Department plans to exhaust all options.
"With the extreme drought, not a lot of rain and no snow, we are preparing for what could be a catastrophic fire season," Brian Marshall, Kern County fire chief, said.
Kern County Fire asked the Board of Supervisors to hire 15 additional seasonal firefighters for two months before the season begins to prepare for the worst.
"We are training our firefighters and we're getting to full staffing so we're ready to go," Marshall said.
Cal Fire has had over 289 wildland fires in January alone compared to zero last year. The additional staffing will cost the County an additional $95,500 and will take affect on March 1st.