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COVID Could Impact Wildfire Response In CA

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As the virus continues to spread, it's clear that not even seemingly invincible firefighters will escape unscathed.

This week seven firefighters at one firehouse in Anaheim tested positive, with one ending up in the ICU.

A Wildland Fire Response Plan written by the California Wildfire Coordinating Group, says that if too many firefighters get sick and have to stop working, it will "severely tax the ability to maintain an adequate wildfire response, even during a moderately active fire season."

Translation: this year's wildfires could be even worse if there are fewer firefighters able to battle the flames.

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