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Oct 9, 2013 8:24 PM by KSBY News

Firefighters welcome the rain

Wednesday's rain was a welcome sight for firefighters, who have been on high alert lately because of dry, hot and windy conditions. But while the rain helped get the ground wet, CAL FIRE says it's nowhere near the amount of rain needed to put an end to fire season.

"We usually like to see two inches of rain before we look at closing our summer preparedness or fire season," said CAL FIRE Deputy Chief Steve Reeder. "After we get two inches we are comfortable. The brushy fuels are going to green up, the fuel moisture comes up, and the green grasses come up."

High fire season typically runs from May through mid-October. Increased staffing during that time means a quicker response when brush fires break out.

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