The country’s firefighters have spent a record 69 days this year at their highest alert, the dreaded Level 5, rushing from one drought-triggered wildfire to another. Now they are finally getting at least some breathing space.
Federal fire managers lowered the national preparedness level to 3 last week after a handful of September storms hit the Pacific Northwest and residual rains fell in far northern California . This week, the first significant snow of the season began to fall over the Sierra Nevada, and a chance of downpours was forecast for the Bay Area on Friday, which helped fire crews coax long-lasting hells like the Dixie and Caldor fires. containment.
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