Santa Rosa Fire Department declares city fire season over following weekend rain

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Much-needed weekend rain prompted Santa Rosa Fire Department on Monday to declare the fire season over for its territory.

Battalion Chief Jason Jenkins said that means Santa Rosa firefighters have removed some wildland fire equipment from engines and replaced it with swift-water rescue gear to prepare for winter floods. In addition, the department now will dispatch fewer firefighters to any reports of wildfires.

While the city fire department declared the end of its fire season, the weekend storm that passed over much of Northern California wasn’t enough rain to convince Cal Fire to call the close of the season for the broad area, agency spokesperson Tyree Zander said.

Before making that declaration for both the northern and southern halves of the state, Cal Fire officials are gauging how much moisture is currently held within wildland vegetation following a scorching summer and fall, Zander said.

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